Edith Wharton in Vesalius in Zante wrote “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it”.
Today I say—I want to reflect God’s candle. I get worn out when it feels like people are blowing each other’s candles out. I love to light the way for someone and help to encourage. In the past, I got in a rut of arguing. It’s as though I took my candle into the barn, and rather than lighting the way I set the hay on fire…just to prove it’s flammable.
I resolved a year ago to fight less and to seek other light-bearers out. I have learned to back away from most arguments. Is it the Irish blood in me that wants to say “ok, time to fight? Jackets on or jackets off”? By reflecting another person’s light — a like minded optimist who is looking at the good, I can recall the peaceful glow of my own lighthouse/candle.
God, the Light of Lights is our candle, the Light of the World,—and we are His mirrors, and sometimes we are also His little candles.
I have come to know so many bloggers who see the intrinsic good God placed in each of us. They quell the darkness. Throughout this past year and a half of blogging I have rediscovered parts of myself that were there all along that I forgot all about. Isn’t it funny how we can hoard things in our minds and hearts? All that emotional junk we hoard totally buries the beauty and holiness within us. That is one of the reasons I got cranky!! But today, and most days, my feet dance a happy dance. I have put much of that emotional clutter in the trash. I am hoarding less and less past emotional junk. As Martha Stewart would say…”It’s a good thing”.