Driving with my 4 year old grandson in the car, we passed by this old beacon.
It looks sort of like a candy cane. The red and white colors seem pleasant to the eyes. I decided to tell my grandson that it was a giant candy cane. That only children that really behave well can have some of it.
I had used the same tale on my own son over 30 years ago. For quite some time my son, actually did believe, it was an actual giant candy cane.
So, I asked my grandson Jordan, “Would you not like a giant candy cane?”
His response left me almost speechless.
Jordan looked at the structure intently. Then he said,
“Nani it is too big, it’s not a candy cane.” I assured him it was. He said, “Nani, it has lights on top of it and it has smoke on the top too. That is too silly. It’s not a candy cane!”
Seems trivial perhaps, but the truth is that perception is everything.
My son had a vision problem that did not allow him to see the beacon for what it was. He could not see what my grandson saw so clearly.
The Bible says that when we have our eyes hindered by the darkness of sin, we cannot see the light. We cannot see the possibilities of hope, the gift of hope and the security of a clear path.
When we cannot see our way because of din we are blinded to the truth.
We need the Beacon of the Holy Spirit to impart clarity to our understanding. We need the Lord to draw us out of darkness and in to His marvelous light. John 1:1-5 states,
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.”
John 3:16 and 17 tells us,
“16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”
John goes on to say, in verses, 19-21,”This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.”
Outside of the light there is only darkness and a lack of vision. The perception is hindered. The understanding is dark and unclear.
The Bible says, Jesus, the Light of the world came that He might show us the way to the Father. He is the path we can only see when we ate in His light.
My grandson could clearly see the light on top of the beacon. He was sure it was not a candy cane.
Lord let us see your light clearly. Let us not be fooled by what appears to be one thing and is another. Open our understanding. Order our steps. That we may find your path. Let us walk in it. In it there is purpose, stability, truth, hope, and we are forgiven and made a new. Then we can show others the True Way.
Through the eyes of the Lord we can know the clear path that He has for us.
His plan and direction for our lives can be known when we see Him.