Monday, August 13, 2012
The light of Christ.
My son got scared and was crying, he didnt know where he was he was lost. I tell you I think he learned a lot about faith that day. I know I did. I also learned about the light of Christ and how it dispells the darkness.
While going through there the darkness was just so confining. It was scary even for me. Yet it hit me that I had a little bit of light and our lives are dark too at times. There is so much out there pressing in on us. We all have trials that weigh us down and press in on us. As long as we have light though even if it isnt very bright we have hope. We might only be able to see a tiny bit in front and to the sides of us, but it is more than we would have without any light. That light is the light of Christ. All of us who believe in Him are entitled to have that light in our lives. I thought about this while at the same time as trying to comfort my son and pedaling as fast as I dared, which was actually fairly fast. Then I thought, ok I have a light, and I am comparing it to Christ. I cant share my physical light with him, but I can share the light of Christ with him. So I did. I asked him if he wanted me to sing. He said yes. The first song he chose was "Nephi's Courage". How fitting was that? (http://www.lds.org/churchmusic/detailmusicPlayer/index.html?searchlanguage=1&searchcollection=2&searchseqstart=120&searchsubseqstart=%20&searchseqend=120&searchsubseqend=ZZZ)
So I sang it. He asked for another. I sang this one "My Heavenly Father Loves Me".(http://www.lds.org/churchmusic/detailmusicPlayer/index.html?searchlanguage=1&searchcollection=2&searchseqstart=120&searchsubseqstart=%20&searchseqend=120&searchsubseqend=ZZZ)
Then the last one. "A Child's Prayer" (http://www.lds.org/churchmusic/detailmusicPlayer/index.html?searchlanguage=1&searchcollection=2&searchseqstart=12&searchsubseqstart=%20&searchseqend=12&searchsubseqend=ZZZ)
You know what I learned (again) is that if your cup is full you can share it with others, and you can help others. Did he get any physical light? No he didnt, but he got spiritual light and calming. I was glad I was able to help him.
My husband also taught me about light. His light failed him. He thought he was prepared, but his battery died. How often do we all think we have done enough to be prepared then we are hit with a trial and find out we aren't? My husband found out the hard way. (luckily this time it was just physical light he was lacking not spiritual!) You remember those ditches I told you about? Well as his light failed he ran the poor girls off into that ditch. Luckily they were belted in and had helmets, and luckily there was a wall there to keep them from tipping over and really going into the ditch! Also my husbands bike did not make it into the ditch, just part of the trailer did. They were in there probably all of 5 seconds, he knew when he swerved that it was coming and as soon as they tipped he was off his bike dragging it out of the ditch. There was a lovely couple not too far behind him that heard the crash and stopped to help. They used their lights to escort him out of the tunnel. one just ahead of him and the other just behind him. They used their full lights to share and to light his way. If we are prepared and if we are full we can share without taking away from ourselves. But only if we are full and prepared.
I really learned a lot from that, and I am striving to stay full. It's hard with 3 kids, but it can be done. We have so mant resources available to us. If we can find a few minutes to wind down in front of the computer or the TV why cant we find a few minutes to sit and open the scriptures, or an ensign? It will help keep your cup and your light full so you can share it with others when they are in need. And sharing with others adds more than it takes away.