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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Saturday, March 3, 2012

For Broken Lamps and Burned-Out Souls

This is my lamp.
I have it for two reasons.

I only turn it on at night, when it's dark.
The rest of the time it sits idly in my living room. 
 I don't mind that it's idle.
I enjoy looking at it.

We inherited this pair of oriental lamps from Uncle Myles when he passed away.
There was just one thing about them,
one tiny little problem...
They were broken.
All in pieces.
So we gathered up the pieces and painstakingly glued them back together...piece by piece.

I don't mind the fact that my lamps have cracks running all through them;
that just makes them more precious to me.

Jesus said, "You are the light of the world."
Weren't we broken in pieces when He found us?
I know I was smashed to smithereens.
He glued us back together. Piece by piece.
Our flaws are beautiful to Him.

Do you really think that you must be 'on' 24/7 to please Him?
Must you have impossibly long 'to do' lists and be all things to all people?
Busy, busy busy,
Night and day.
You're burning out, my friend.

Maybe He wants you to sit.
Just be there for Him to look at.
Trusting that, when it is time, He'll turn on the power
and you will cast His light
upon those who need it.

But for now, could you just take a moment...
 15 minutes or a half an hour
just to 'be'?
Find a quiet little corner
where no one is around
and rest awhile.

Don't talk.
Don't eat.
Turn off the tv
 and the music
and the i-phone
and the nook
and the washing machine
and the computer...

Close your eyes and listen.
Then open your eyes and look around.
The world is still spinning
even though you are still.

It's all in His hands.
And so are you.
And you are beautiful to Him,

just sitting there.



Rebecca said...

What a beautiful lamp - and all the more so because of its brokenness and the painstaking investment of your loving hands!

What a wonderful analogy, Debora!

joanne said...

beautiful...all of it!


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