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wakey, wakey—rise and shine

The story of Lazarus is in John 11. “Wakey, wakey. Rise and shine!” could be the subtitle.

Light by contemporary artist sue kemnitz

As Jesus goes to raise the dead, He makes this statement, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” John 11:9-10

The statement seems to be out of context. But, as Jesus does so well, the statement is a call. And an explanation of what He is about.

“Are there not 12 hours in the day?” As long as the day is, be “open.” Dwell on the good He has done. Keep His stories close to our hearts, so they come easily and naturally. “Do good,” wherever He puts us. Oftentimes, it speaks louder than words.

Walk with me in the day. As we walk and talk with Him, the Fathers heart will be revealed. We will see Light.

We will not stumble. What a bold remark. As we purposefully stay in and with the Light, We will go to the dead and God will be glorified. What if we approached each opportunity knowing that in the light, we won’t stumble?

Can you see the people in the dark? Dead and buried spiritually? As my friend, Diane, asks, “what unreached people group has the Lord put in front of you?” What unreached person has the Lord put in front of you. Whom can be overcome with His kindness and joy?

A couple hints:

  • Say yes. Jesus said yes.
  • Be yourself. David used a slingshot. What’s your weapon?
  • Look. Who is in your “yard.”
  • Do your passion. Shine.

My hubby, Randy, has found an unusual way to connect with our son. He plays “Words with Friends.” I never would have expected that my prayer for daily contact for the two would include playing a digital game! God is amazing!

God will have His way. His Word will hit the target. But maybe, just maybe, only with and through you. Will you be the one to raise the dead? The one saying, “Wakey, wakey. Rise and Shine!” To shine the Light. Knowing darkness is impossible in the Light.

Question: Who, around you, needs the Light? Are you praying? Are you sharing? Are you bringing light?

Sue
Only Believe.

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Light by contemporary artist sue kemnitz
“Light”

Power. Light. Boldness. Whether this portrays the Bright Light that is Jesus, or the angels, I’m not sure. Maybe it changes. Maybe its both.

Jesus shines

rising to setting

from rising to setting

This painting was finished for a Children’s Palliative Care Community fundraiser last week. I emailed Mindy, the organizer, the day before because the Lord had put this verse in front of me:

“The Mighty One, God the LORD,
   speaks and summons the earth
   from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.” Ps. 50:1-2

There are various thoughts that the Lord brings to mind as I read through this Psalm, but this morning, the last line is speaking. How many ways does Jesus shine, especially in this season?

Jesus shines love. Unconditional and steadfast. Eternal.

Jesus shines grace. Unmerited favor. Keep walking in it.

Jesus shines joy. Picture Him smiling on and at you today.

Jesus shines mercy. For us all, thank you, Jesus!

Jesus shines forgiveness. Keeping us from the enemy’s taunts and trials.

Jesus shines faith. Knowing the Father always answers prayer.

Jesus shines hope. For the better. For the best.

Jesus shines peace. Beyond understanding.

Jesus shines. There is always more.

The amazing thing is He shines through us! Yup – we are Zion. Zion not only applies to His land, but also to His people. He made us to be the “perfection of beauty.” Think on that for awhile. As you gaze at the lights this season, think of Him. Shining. Remember, to shine Him. And thank Him—for His wonderfulness!

He is Good News!

Sue
Only believe.