The morning was off to a good start. School was out for the holiday so I had a few extra minutes to sleep. My gymnast had morning training and we had a nice smooth ride to the gym. A few giggles. No traffic. No rush.
After I dropped my gymnast off, I headed to my office. I was just trudging along. I approached a red light slowly and stopped in just the right place, before the pedestrian cross walk. The light changed to green and without haste I proceeded to continue along my route.
The next thing I knew, I saw flashing lights in my rearview mirror. What in the world did I do? No speeding. No red light running. Proper tags. Updated registration. What could it be?
I pulled over into a school parking lot. I looked out my driver-side mirror and noted that a female office was getting out of the police vehicle and heading my way.
She said she pulled me over because my lights were not on.
With a confused look, I looked down at the knob that controls the lights. Her eyes followed mine. We both acknowledged that the lights were set to AUTO. It has always been my understanding that setting the lights to ‘auto’ would allow the lights to come on in darkness.
There was a catch that I didn’t realize.
The officer proceeded to explain that setting the lights to ‘auto’ only allows the lights to shine in complete darkness. In other words, if there is any light around you, the lights will not automatically shine.
In this instance, it was daytime but my car lights needed to be turned on because of the fog. How interesting!
This is the same for the light that shines within you. Your light is always present and will automatically shine in darkness. The difference is that we sometimes allow our light to dim when we are amongst other lights and/or overwhelmed by the fog of life.
When faced with the fog of life, it is important to make the extra effort to brighten your light as needed. You are always shining but in those moments when fog clouds your life, you must do more to shine brighter. Pray more. Read the bible more. Meditate more. Journal more. Do the things that will reconnect you to your source of light.
When death beats down the door of a loved one, shine bright. When you receive the lay-off or termination notice, shine bright. When the bills start piling up, shine bright. When the children are wayward, shine bright. When infidelity creeps in, shine bright.
In the midst of fog, you can not assume that your light is shining and is obvious to others. You will need to go the extra mile. You will need to take an additional step to ensure that your light is on and shining. In the midst of the fog, lean in. Press in. Tap into God and all of His goodness, His grace and His mercy. He will surely help you to ignite your flame so that you can let your light shine.