Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Light We Need

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Light We Need

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Early this spring a friend sent me an e-mail rejoicing that her crocuses were blooming. In my yard, however, I saw no signs of my crocuses. Weeks later, I realized that, expecting another tough winter, I had covered the plants with too much mulch. This prevented them from getting the light they needed. After I unburied them, they made speedy progress.

Sometimes, we may feel like those flowers - we may have hopes and aspirations, but feel overwhelmed by darkness, that is, by the obstacles we face.

When I'm in this kind of situation, I find the Bible full of helpful inspiration. For example, few would deny that Moses was a courageous man and a great leader. But he wasn't very exceptional at first, and when God called him to lead the Israelites to freedom, he wasn't exactly enthusiastic.

As the Bible tells it: "Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." This obstacle would have prevented Moses from "flowering" into the great leader he became. But God had the needed reassurance: "And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth?" (Exodus 4:10, 11).

Moses' growing understanding of God enabled him to overcome his limitations - including his fear that he couldn't speak well enough to lead the Israelites to freedom. Bible readers today know the rest of the story: God sent Aaron to help Moses speak, and Moses not only brought the Israelites out of Egypt but was able to speak to them in God-directed ways that kept them moving forward and out of danger.

The Bible shows over and over again that we can lean on God, even in tasks that aren't as huge as what Moses faced. God "hath made" each of us in His own perfect, spiritual image (see Genesis 1:26, 27). Through prayer we become receptive to the ideas He gives, which help us do what we need to do.

I actually find it encouraging that Moses' assignment didn't suddenly become a bed of roses. It helps me to see that even when the going is tough, we can still turn to God for light. Spiritual illumination comes through Christ, the light of God's presence and power, which Christ Jesus manifested, and which enabled him to demonstrate God's love for all by healing people. …

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