Before the advent of electricity, theaters would use limelight to illuminate the stage. A sharp point of oxyhydrogen flame was directed at a cylindrical block of lime, causing a tiny area of it to become incandescent. The result was a bright white light. However, it needed almost constant attention. Someone was needed to continually adjust the block as it burned. Since the invention of electricity this method is no longer used. The saying, “being in the limelight,” is usually the only time we hear this word.
Today’s verse speaks of another source of light. It will never be replaced with something better as this light gives life and enables us to see. He does not illuminate a stage but a lifetime with the Light of His presence (John 8:12). God has made His light to shine in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of Him (II Cor. 4:6). His light not only shows us who He is but it is also an expression of His priceless and unfailing love (Psalm 36:7).
Just like the limelight, the light of His presence needs constant attention. Being in His Word intensifies that light He gives. His light is warm and loving, giving me closeness to Him and direction for my day. Without it, I can easily stumble around and lose my purpose. I can even get quite accustomed to the dimness and shadows. But the further I wander from His light, the more negative and discouraged I become. But oh what a difference when I return to the source of Light! Not only does His light dispels darkness in my heart and mind but it also draws others to Himself!
Lord, keep me in Your light today.