In the evening there is one spot in my family room where no one wants to sit. As the sun begins to set, it shines brightly into that particular space. It’s blinding.
There are times when the light of Christ shines into a dark space in my life, and I choose to run. It might be a space that I’m not ready to surrender. It’s uncomfortable. However, warmth accompanies light.
When the warmth of God’s radiance comes to life inside me, I become more aware of the flaws within my own character. He allows me to see what I need to rid myself of in my life. He does it in such a way that I feel warmed and loved. If I feel judged, it is merely because of my own conviction and fleshly fight against letting go of the not-so-good and not-so-son-filled-spaces in my heart.
His light is my grace –
Yesterday, Ann Voskamp said something in her blog that brought tears to my eyes. She said, “Because the real truth is: nothing can overwhelm me — like grace can overtake me.”
I need grace to overtake me. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, His grace is always enough. I welcome the warm light of the Son to shine in every dark space that still lives in this soul of mine. There is no condemnation in the beauty of His light. Love receives me. Warmth fills me in the form of peace.
With the illumination of His grace, Christ will light up what we cannot see with earthly eyes. (Click to tweet)
Through the power of His word He prepares the heart…
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (N.K J.V.)
The more I dig into the word of God, the more His light shines, and I can rid myself of me and work to be more like Him. I’ve had times in my life where my hurt led to anger. It wasn’t righteous anger, it was sinful. If I had freely handed my hurt to Jesus, it would have saved me from dealing with extra pain. Sometimes, emotions get the best of me.
We were not meant to carry our burdens. We were meant to cast them. (Click to tweet)
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (N.K.J.V.)
God can take my heart and do whatever He pleases with it. I’ve surrendered the dark spaces to Him. There are days I have to continue to hand the same burden to Him over and over again, but He understands. He knows my imperfections and He sees my pain. He continues to shine the light of grace in my life, and I love Him more every day for it.
Are you making an effort to work toward Son-filled spaces?