The Lighthouse

Monday, July 8, 2024
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Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (NIV)

I suppose that we have all had dreams concerning what we wanted to do when we grew up. Years ago, I was in a meeting when amidst our time of discussion, one person asked the group, "What did you want to be when you grew up?"

As we each shared, to everyone's surprise, none of us was doing what we had hoped or thought that we would be doing. Life had taken us in its own direction, or perhaps God's direction, for all of us were Christians, and none of us was disappointed with our life's work.

There was one job, however, that I still thought would have suited me well: a lighthouse keeper. The solitude of such a job, as well as its importance in keeping people safe from the dangers of the sea, greatly appealed to me. Alas, no such opportunity ever arose.

Not long ago, however, I was again thinking of the keepers of the light and how much I might have enjoyed that job, when the Spirit spoke to me, reminding me that all of God's children are, in fact, lighthouse keepers. We are keepers of the light of the world, Jesus, Who dwells within all those who proclaim Him as their Lord and Saviour. Each one of us has made the solitary choice to dwell spiritually away from this world. Though we still remain in the world, we are no longer of it. Each one of us, as we let our light shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven, is in fact helping to guide the spiritually lost, those endangered by the perils of the sea of sin, to the safe harbour of Christ's love and forgiveness.

How about you? What did you want to be when you grew up? Did your dreams come true, or did life lead you in other directions? Whatever the case may be, if you know Christ as Lord and Saviour, no matter what else you may do, you, too, are a lighthouse, a keeper of the light of the world within you. So, let your light shine brightly and bravely each day, whether the weather of life be bright and sunny or wild and stormy, for people are watching and taking note. People are longing for a safe harbour, a place to lay their weary burdens down and rest, and you and I know exactly where such a harbour can be found.

Psalm 62:7-8 – My help and glory are in God — granite-strength and safe-harbour-God — So trust Him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for him. God is a safe place to be. (MSG)

Prayer: Father God, thank You that in Christ, we are lighthouses, keepers of the light of the world, Who is a safe and trusted harbour for all those who seek Him. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephippsatlin@gmail.com>
Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great idea! Turning it around… thanks for this encouragement!


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today. To God be the glory! Blessings.


    Thank you, Lynne, for this comparison between a lighthouse and our own need to be a light for Jesus.


    I am actually doing now what I felt God leading me to do as a middle schooler: teaching and preaching . Good one.


    Beautifully written and a great reminder to all who work for God’s glory. Thanks and may God continue to bless you, Lynne!


    Good morning, Lynne,
    So True.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for your devotional.
    Explains the praise song
    My lighthouse, my lighthouse…


    I for one am grateful you are not a traditional lighthouse keeper. I enjoy reading of your experiences and your sharing of God’s light.
    (Manitoba)


    Here in Michigan, we have a program where people can volunteer to take care of lighthouses (we have many) for a few weeks at a time in the summer. You should look into it and fulfill your dream.


    Dear Lynne,
    This time I did not know who the author of this devotional was at the beginning; no animals mentioned!!! Still a great way to start my day though. THANKS


    Hi Lynne, how very thought provoking. I certainly didn’t take the path I thought I would. Bu it’s been a great Blessing to have children; and now grandchildren.
    Have a great day Lynne, and as always, thanks.


    Thank you for sharing. Once again helping me look inward. My career was Respiratory Therapy but I longed to be a mom. I kissed my little plastic baby dolls and wished for a house full of kids — I had six of them. Though I had a career elsewhere my most important and loved was being a mom!


    Good morning, Lynne!
    I loved your devotional today. It was fantastic! God has allowed me to do more than I ever imagined. Your message is filled with light so let your light shine brightly for God’s glory.
    Blessings!


    Dear Lynne – I can well understand why the Lord kept you among people. I, for one, love your writing, with all your analogies with your personal experiences, especially the animals! That couldn’t have developed in a lighthouse … God certainly knew what HE was doing. This is the best ‘lighthouse’ analogy I’ve ever read, and I love YOU for it. God bless.


    Many thanks Lynne for another of your very special devotionals.
    Reflecting on having read many of your writings, I must say you certainly are a “Lighthouse” in many ways. The way you correlate your every day experiences with the Lord’s work and ways is always uplifting to read. Blessings for the “Lighthouse” worker you are and for all the heartwarming writings you prepare and share with us.


    Well Lynne, you’ve shared another amazing message! I was particularly ‘tuned in’ as when visiting relatives in Newfoundland, my sister-in-law proudly showed me the lighthouse where her Dad had been the light keeper. I love how you’ve reminded us that as Christians, we are keepers of the Light of the world. May we shine a little brighter guiding lost sounds to THE safe harbour …our Lord and Saviour.
    Blessings.


    Hi Lynne
    You definitely are a lighthouse keeper. You let the light of Christ shine through the devotionals you write, which are an encouragement to me and many others.
    I could see you as an actual lighthouse keeper, but Jesus had the best lighthouse keeper in mind for you that of sharing the Good News of Jesus with your family and with others needing a word of encouragement and those who need to be prodded in their Christian walk.
    Blessings to our lighthouse keeper.


    Good morning, Lynne
    My husband’s cousin was a lighthouse keeper. He let my mom and I go to the top in 1997. Wow the view. But oh my, just as I write this, it came to me that out of the four of us I am the only one living. Was not expecting that reality to hit!!
    I always wanted to be a nurse but my marks in school dictated the choice was not a good one academically for me. But as a Christian I have Jess to help me help others who are sick, grieving etc. so in a way I am a nurse and able to help the best doctor!!!!!
    God bless.
    Your messages shine the light of Jesus, thank you.


    Good morning, Lynne,
    Well I am surprised that you would have liked to be a lighthouse keeper. My sister-in-law’s brother did summer relief in lighthouses not that many years ago. I believe they are all automated in Cape Breton now. It was encouraging to hear that everyone at the meeting was not disappointed at their life’s work. Definitely that we are all God’s lighthouse keepers is so important to our faith.
    I decided to look up and see how many staffed lighthouses there were in Canada at the moment. I thought you might like to see this fact also.
    The Government of Canada continues to operate 51 staffed lighthouses across the country, including:
    • 1 in New Brunswick
    • 27 in British Columbia
    • 23 in Newfoundland and Labrador
    The government manages and maintains most of these lighthouses for operational purposes. One exception is Machias Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine, where lightkeepers continue to staff the lighthouse for sovereignty reasons.
    I hope that you garden is growing, your grandchildren are having fun with you.


    Hello Lynne. This is a wonderful message! Thank you.
    I hope you’re keeping safe and well in the heat. God bless and keep you!

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