Not because the record player screeches out Blinded by The Light in snap, crackle and pop fashion this week as the needle navigated itself through jagged grooves on a classic piece of vinyl and not because it is the time of year when my car speakers spurt out “There’s a light over at the Frankenstein place” from my Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack CD in an eerie but story-telling tone, but the word “light” came to me through a few Other sources this week.
Pulling into the gravel parking lot at the Journey Church http://www.jchnj.com in West Milford to meet my Pastor for a cup of Joe, I pulled a Bible verse for him from my box of scriptures I keep in my car. I was to share with him, “The Lord shall be unto thee an ever lasting light, and thy God thy glory.” Isaiah 60:19. It turns out Isaiah 60 and 61 are some of his favorite chapters in the Bible. I am more of an Isaiah 62 type of guy but every Word in the Bible is living and powerful.
It turns out since I delivered that verse to Pastor Nick this week, pictures of bright-light and sun-rays shining through trees appeared everywhere either in real-life living color or through paintings or photographs. Several other verses with the word “light” proliferated in front of me at the same astonishing rate the tribbles on Star-Trek frequently reproduced,
much to Captain Kirk’s quizzical confoundment. I quickly learn why that verse was brought to my attention.
As the verse containing “light” speaks to me, I get an idea for what can potentially lead many people to the teachings of Christ and seeing His light. It is called http://www.foundationandlight.org
I was quickly led to register the name and to my pleasant surprise the.com version was available also so I grabbed it.
But here is my story about light. My pastor and I were volunteering at a fellow church member’s house raking their yard and chopping wood when I told my pastor about my foundation and light.com idea and we had a brief discussion about what God is telling me. In between the sounds of the screaming circular-saw cutting its teeth violently through the abandoned wooden pallets, the owner of the house sends their son out to help me cut the wood.
He says my name is Aaron and I said “My name is Tim, that’s a cool name you have Aaron.” He then tells me it means “bearer of light” in Hebrew. Now mind you, I didn’t ask Aaron what his name means and I didn’t offer what my name Timothy means either (honoring God) but God was speaking through Aaron and bearing light. My pastor was there to witness this introductory exchange of only a few words and he knew what was happening as he graciously raked leaves behind me within ear-shot. I looked over my shoulder and in my mind I was donning Bruce’s look as he appeared on the Born in the USA album looking over his shoulder. I looked at Pastor Nick and no words were exchanged. We both just smirked at each other knowing exactly what just happened.
Of course that very morning my verse of the day was Matthew 5:14-16 where it says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl, instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Hmmm, the word light appears four times. Do you think there may be a message there?
Yes, my friends God does speak. Sometimes He does it through other people. He is God, He can speak any way He chooses to and it will be in a way that you understand Him.
God created light and this little light of mine I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. I am not a Motel 6, I am just a guy on a journey but I will still leave the light on for you and I care to ask you,” Is your light on?”