The photos came over the course of the day, the day after plenty of snow had fallen, probably more than many had wanted to see.
The photos started with a small mound and steadily, over the afternoon, it grew.
It soon became apparent the height to which it had soared was more than the height of the average man. Small foot holes had to be made even to get to the top.
We laughed and texted the mound would surely be around long into the spring, much like the mounds seen in mall parking lots.
Soon cars were not only driving by but honking their horns, lowering their windows, and giving a thumbs up. Then they were stopping to take photos. One could say it had become a showstopper of a mound.
We joked how, except for it being snow and not dirt, it looked like the mound from the movie “ET”, and wondered what it should be called. For a few hours, we called it the mountain.
As the sun set and darkness settled the text came:
“A neighbor gave them a light to put on top.”
In that very moment, it went from being a mountain to a lighthouse.
Life is like that at times. Circumstances can look impossible to scale, and then at some point, they begin to point us to the Light we need to draw us back to Jesus.
Jesus began to teach the crowd one day …
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown away and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:13-16, NASB)
Holding onto our faith is no easy task these days, sharing about it can be even more challenging. Society is not a friend to God, nor to His people. Our good deeds can have profound effects on those around us.
Salt was needed for cleansing and preservation from decay. We are needed in these days we are living to preserve godly precepts and God’s truth.
The light in us will be the quality others are drawn to if we but let it shine from our lives. We don’t need to clobber them with our words, causing them to choke and spit out the very words meant to bring life.
Our lives are meant to have a positive impact. May we guard our lives so as not to lose that influence; influence not meant to bring us praise but to bring glory and honor to God.
Our lives – lights set on a hill in the dark –
will draw those around us to the Father.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you. If you share on social media, the hashtag #LetsHaveCoffee would be greatly appreciated!
** I dedicate this post to those who made a snowy day fun, exciting, and yes, profound in many ways. xo