In the Light
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas’
Lyn Deutsch 2008
Original painting is sold.
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“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”
“How are you?”
It has become a cliche, an effort to start a conversation, a line to somehow connect, a courteous greeting, with or without a meaningful interest in the other person’s state.
As a writer, this printed page has the most intimate access to you wherever you are right now. By reading you are inviting me to talk with you on a crowded bus when you don’t feel like talking to anyone else.
Or keep you company at the airport while waiting to board on your flight. Or sit with you on a bench at the park. Or be beside you at a clinic while waiting for your turn at a doctor’s clinic.
Or sit on the edge of the bed with you before you reach over and turn out the light…
Knowing this is a privilege, I want to ask you some questions that perhaps only a writer can ask. How are things going in your private life? I’m referring to the real you… are you personally contented and at peace? Really. How are you doing?
And what about your marriage? And your relationship with your children? Everything okay there?
Or have you been hopping from one relationship to another… trying to forget everything or just feel numb about the miseries and the hurt you have experienced and you’ve caused along the way.
You say you just wanted to be happy and have a new start. But are you still feeling empty and unfulfilled?
While you are allowing me to get this close, may we take a look at your inner person? Are you secure? Or still rather afraid? Any habits out of control? Any addictions you can’t seem to conquer?
Let me ask a few ifs: What if you became ill? What if you lost your earning power? What if you lost your title? What if your next physical exam led to the discovery of a lump…and that lump proved malignant? What if you had a stroke? Are you ready to die?
Are there some secrets that haunt you? Are there some terrorizing worries that won’t go away… that money cannot erase?
Finally has life become more meaningful to you? More fun? Do you really love and laugh? Or are you too driven everyday to even relax?
If you’ve answered those questions honestly – or even taken the time to read them – then you are ready to hear the rest.
First, spending your life trusting in your own strength, your own achievements, your self-righteousness, your education, your philosophy, your religiosity, your possessions… bring you the glory now but leaves you spiritually bankrupt forever.
Think of your life right now. Do you really know who you are? Why you are here? Where you are going?
Or do you leave it to what people call fate adhering to the common maxim of “Drink and be merry for tomorrow we die”? Do you not know that your soul will live forever? And there are only two destinations where man’s soul will abide for eternity – either heaven or hell.
A.W. Tozer wrote, “The average person in the world today, without faith and without God and without hope, is engaged in a desperate personal search and struggle throughout his lifetime. He does not really know what he is doing here. He does not know where he is going. The sad commentary is that everything he is doing is being done on borrowed time, borrowed money, and borrowed strength – and he already knows that in the end he will surely die! It boils down to a bewildered confession of many humans that they have lost God along the way… Our feverish activity is only one sign of what is wrong with us. Sin has plunged us into the depths and so marked us with mortality that we have become brother to the clay.”
But God never meant it to be so. His love and compassion compelled Him to send His one and only Son Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have life – abundant life and for now and forever.
Through Jeremiah God said, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Here is a promise of purpose. And this purpose is not found in a cause or a creed but a PERSON our LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST who describes Himself as the The Way, The Truth, and The Life” (John 14:6).
Thomas a’ Kempis in his book, “The Imitation of Christ”, wrote:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
Without the Way, there is no going;
Without the Truth, there is no knowing;
Without the Life, there is no living;
I am the Way which you shoudst pursue;
I am the Truth which thou shoudst believe;
I am the Life which thou shouldst hope for.”
“Why is man lost philosophically? Because he is lost morally and spiritually.
“Apart from the Bible we have no sure philosophy; apart from Jesus Christ we have no true knowledge of God; apart from the inliving of the Holy spirit, we have no ability to live lives morally pleasing to God” (Tozer).
Again, I go back to my first inquiry: “How are you?”
If you’re still in the dark and you have never placed your faith in God, the God who has revealed Himself in the Holy Scriptures, I encourage you to do so now.
On the altar of this moment, pour out your secrets before Him – the silent grudges, the hidden deeds, the private fears. Invite His light to come like a purifying fire and consume the clutter of your life.
Allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and take hold of God’s grace of cleansing and forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9).
Remember, “For Thou dost not delight in sacrifice… the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:16-17).
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.”
Tell me how you are. Request a prayer. Ask a question
Thank you for dropping by.