It was one of those rare days that Lil’ AC had it rough. Our normally independent and happy girl was entirely needy, inconsolable, and irritable. She had bad diaper rash, trouble sleeping, and a pesky tooth (or two) that JUST WOULD NOT (and stiiilll won’t!) POP. Poor thing.
And poor Mommy and Daddy. It was a tag-team affair until the lights went out and she was finally… asleep.
(Ahhhhh, sleep. Always a beautiful thing as a child-less adult. Downright holy when you have children.)
Hubs and I high-fived, smooched, and both agreed that we needed our own kind of “unwind time.”
Cue my glorious and long over-due bubble bath.
The tub was melt-into-it hot, the music was calm and soothing, the lights were off… all except a single candle I lit to gaze at while I soaked in my peace of heaven. (See what I did there?) 😉
As my breathing slowed, I said a silent prayer of thanksgiving. Despite the challenges, I was so grateful for my day; I was humbled at the opportunity to care for my daughter with my husband by my side. I don’t ever want to take such an amazing blessing for granted.
As my eyes settled on the candle, I became entranced with the flame. Unable to tear myself away, I suddenly felt shivers down my spine. God is like a flame.
- He is enchanting.
As I stared at the beautiful light, a warm and happy feeling came over me. As silly as it might sound, I felt wooed. I felt as though the room illuminated only for me.
God often makes me feel this way. Sometimes it is in the small ways He caters to my unique personality. He’s in a subtle nudge, gives a simple sign to let me know that He is near. Other times, He pulls out his sword for me in grand and miraculous ways that are impossible to miss.
When I step back to look at my life, I am delightedly captivated at the ways He weaves in and through my life.
he will exult over you with loud singing. “
2. He is the giver of peace.
I don’t know what it is about a candle, but every time I light one, I instantly feel my blood pressure plummet, my muscles relax. I automatically slow down and tranquility overtakes me.
Jesus has done that for me. Whether I have a semi-tough day with my kiddo, or my whole world feels like it is crumbling around me, when I engage with the light of my Savior, His peace and calm surrounds me and replaces all the fear, hurt, doubt, and fatigue.
Phillipians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
3. He dances to the music.
It isn’t important what kind of music I was listening to in the bath. (Just keeping it a judgement-free zone out there, people!) 😉
But what was so fun about watching the flame was that it seemed to be in perfect rhythm with the melody. At times I thought for sure it might flicker out; and then just as quickly, it shone brighter than it ever had. It was almost as if the glow was letting the music take the lead, but ever-present, adjusting, swaying, dancing.
The music of my life has been loud and wild one minute, soft and delicate the next. My Flame has never gone out. My God is always there, no matter what melody is playing. He knows my dance moves and two-steps with me. He makes sure that my life is one beautiful number, always with me through each flit, flicker, and frolic.
Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
4. He is only blown or stomped out by me.
A flame will stay lit for hours on end if it’s allowed to. If it isn’t limited by wick or wax, and no external forces interrupt it, it will glow and illuminate for eternity.
Our Lord and Savior is similar. He will shine in the darkest of nights, provide light, hope, and beauty as long as it takes to draw His children near. But our God want us to desire and appreciate the flame. He wants us to benefit from His glory.
Unfortunately, the shadows in our life can overcome us, trials seem too dark, decisions impossible to navigate. So we blow out the flame and frantically search for the high-voltage light bulb; something we can control. We can live without the Flame if we so choose but the alternative is so much better.
John 3:19 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
5. He is a beautiful guide.
Without thinking, I stepped out of the bath, dried off, and blew out the candle. I didn’t remember to open the door or turn on another light. It was pitch black. And not only did I immediately miss the beauty the flame radiated, I couldn’t see a darn thing. I even had to feel around for the light switch.
By now, you can see where I’m headed with this, but it’s such an amazing comparison to our Savior and His life’s purpose!
He guides us in the monotony or chaos of our days; He gently takes our hand to show us that He has more for us.
Soon the Easter Celebration will begin! We will be rejoicing in His victory over death, His valiant Rescue Mission!
A Savior, a LOVE as great as this is mysterious, over-whelming and completely humbling.
Why does He shine?
To guide us to this truth:
John 3:16 “For God so loved that world, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
May you have a bright, joyful, and peace-filled Easter, my friends!