Saturday, March 21, 2020
16No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. 18Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”
I woke up about 3:00 in the morning, thinking about all the scenarios of this virus that is attacking our world. We have a daughter who lives in New York City and is a veterinarian. If you don’t know, New York is about 50% of those who have tested positive for the CoronaVirus. She has received an official letter that states because she is a doctor, she is allowed to travel back and forth to work. I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t worried and concerned. I would much rather her be sitting in her apartment watching Netflix movies.
When I got up this morning, I was drawn to the text in Luke 8:16-18, where Jesus is speaking with His disciples about a lamp. You have to admit that talking about a lamp may seem odd. However, as I read the text, I looked up at the lamps I have in my home. My husband would probably say I have a lamp fetish because, I prefer lamps instead of overhead lighting. I like the light that lamps give. For example, what kind of lightbulbs I would use in a particular room.
Therefore, I would not purchase a lamp without the intent of putting the lamp in my home and letting that light shine as it was designed to do! And, I believe that is exactly what Jesus is saying here. He did not create each one of us to be hidden, but to proclaim Him as our Lord and Savior and the Good News that Jesus Christ brings to us.
As I think about my beautiful daughter in New York City being exposed to this horrible virus, I cannot forget that at the end of the day, Jesus is really all we have in our lives. There is nothing else that matters. We have to remember that we are God’s children and God has us in His loving arms.
Jesus tells His disciples, “Pay attention to how you listen: for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.” You see, we have the Holy Spirit with us – guiding us and leading us through these difficult days. And, what we have – the Holy Spirit, God will give us even more.
Let us pray…Lord Jesus Christ, we are afraid of the unknown of what this virus is doing to the world. We pray Lord, that You give us more of the Spirit each and every day – filling us with your love for us – helping us to remember that we belong to you. We love you Lord Jesus. Amen.