For Mother's Day this year, my brother-in-law gave my sister this solar lighthouse. It marks the grave of their Basset Hound who died a few years ago and was lovingly buried on their property.
To quote Sister:, "It's a solar lighthouse. And when it lights up at night, that shiny thingie in the top spins around, shining light for all the little ships out at, er ... in the lawn in the dark. It's really cool!"
(Disclaimer here: Sister had no idea that I would be quoting her on my blog, hence the casual way of phrasing her description. But as I tell everybody who knows me, and most casual bloggers like me will agree, just about ANYTHING is potential blog fodder!)
Lighthouses hold a fascination for many of us. The spiritual application is so obvious, shining a light on the direction we should take, sparing us from disaster, setting a good example for others, and so forth.
But one more thought came to my mind as I thought about this lighthouse located away from water, in the middle of a huge lawn of grass -- we must be sure to shine our light for Jesus at all times, when we are in the presence of souls on the brink of disaster and also when they seem to be no where in sight. We never know who might be helped by our presence or influence.
We have all observed people when they did not know they were being watched. We are under scrutiny, too. We are accountable at all times. May we remember that.
Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick;
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 KJV