When is the Right Time to Shine Light?
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
She thought she had all the time in the world.
With all the kids now married, the grandbabies were starting to arrive and she was planning all kinds of fun things to do with them – tea parties, museum trips, maybe even a grandparents’ camp week each summer. Only two more years and she could retire from teaching and they could now travel as a couple and perhaps even get more involved at church – sing in the choir or join a Bible study. And maybe she would finally write that book that had been simmering in her mind and heart for years. Of course, she’d have to resign from all those professional committees, but this season of life would be perfect for exploring spiritual things.
Then a phone call changed everything.
A routine checkup had been anything but routine and within six months cancer had ended her life. There was, quite literally, no more time.
Are you waiting for the right time to get close to God? To explore spiritual things?
“Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.” (Psalm 90.12) And what exactly is “all the time we have?”
Now. Today. Tomorrow is not promised to us, but God has given us the gift of today. “Look, now is the right time! Look, now is the day of salvation!” 2 Corinthians 6:2
Vital to the Christmas story is Simeon, a righteous and devout man who lived in Jerusalem and believed that God had promised he would not die until he had seen the Lord Christ. And so he waited for the proper time.
When Joseph and Mary brought baby Jesus to the temple, “Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said, ’Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word, because my eyes have seen your salvation. You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples. It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel.’” (Luke 2.28-32 CEB)
The time had come. For salvation. For light. For shining. And Simeon was ready.
Are you ready to shine? If you’re not sure you have the Light within, you can gain assurance today with a simple prayer:
“Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me and coming on that long ago Christmas. I’m sorry that I have tried to live on my own terms, resulting in sin against You. But I don’t want to waste any more time. Please forgive me. Thank you for dying on the cross so I could live freely here and eternally with You in heaven. I invite you to make Your home in my heart and help me grow so I can serve and glorify You forever. Thank you for the great gift of salvation. For me. Today. Amen.”
We are children of God. Whether you just now prayed that prayer or have been following Christ for awhile. John says that to all who receive Him and believe in His Name, Jesus gives them the right to become children of God. (John 1.12) So celebrate this special time and mark it down for your whole life. You, like Simeon, have witnessed the true Light, and can now shine for others.
“O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee.” (hymn, “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne,” Emily E. Elliot, 1864)
under the mercy, Cindy