Those who look to Him are radiant (lightened) their faces are never covered in shame. – Psalm 34:5
The word Illuminate, which is the theme of this year’s Women’s Journey of Faith Conference, simply means to “light up!” brighten, shine or decorate with gold, silver or colored designs.
As someone who has worked in television for three decades, I can tell you that great lighting makes all the difference in how the set looks and how you look on camera! That’s why most TV stations have “lighting experts” who continually brighten, illuminate, and tweak the lights to make the sets and the on-air talent more radiant. But, there’s a much more important light that can only come from the maker of lights Himself – Jesus. Jesus even referred to Himself as the light while rebuking the Pharisees after they tried to stone the woman caught in adultery.
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12
Isaiah also talks about the light as being the glory of God.
“Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1-2
It goes on to say that people will be drawn to the light.
“The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising…
Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;”
Isaiah 60: 3-5
I don’t know about you, but I want that light! My continual prayer is that people will see Jesus in me and that my face will shine with His glory. Do I always accomplish this? No. Sometimes I’m not very “shiny” at all. I may be tired, just having a “day” or even a minor case of “road rage” (forgive me, Jesus). That’s when I know it’s time to “look to Him” to seek His face and spend time with “the Light of the World.” Then, something amazing happens! My countenance changes; my brow unfurrows, I look happier, even radiant – and my heart is flooded with light.
Ephesians 1:8 puts it like this:
“And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [a]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the [b]saints (God’s people).”
xAs the world gets darker – it’s more important than ever for us to let our light shine! Look forward to seeing you all soon! Wendy