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The Lighthouse

John 12:35, “Then Jesus said, “The light will be with you for a little longer, so walk while you have the light. Then the darkness will not catch you. If you walk in the darkness, you will not know where you are going.”

There's a story of a captain of a battleship who, in the middle of the night, saw the light of another ship coming directly at him. The captain radioed the oncoming ship and said, “Turn south immediately.”

The response was, “You turn south immediately.”

The captain was furious. He radioed back, “This is a battleship, I command you to turn south immediately.”

The response was, “This is the lighthouse. You turn south immediately.”

So many times, we can have an attitude like that captain. We believe we feel more important or superior to mankind or maybe even a little arrogant when it comes to our “walk” or “relationship” with God. We may even expect others to get out of our way and ignore God's guidance in our life. Before we know it, we could end up shipwrecked, and feeling foolish.

Jesus has said He is the Light of the world, our Lighthouse, and He is here to help warn us of danger and lead us to safety.

Did you know that August 7th is National Lighthouse Day? It was set as a day to recognize the beauty of the lighthouses and their beacons that bring safety to waterway travelers.

My husband and I enjoy visiting lighthouses as we travel around Michigan. I've shared before what I like about them and the great history they have. Think how cool it would be if the walls could talk.

Back to our story at the beginning. I found a few characters we can see from the beacon in the lighthouses to Jesus, our Lighthouse.

-Flashing: Each beacon has signature light patterns that sailors have memorized. The signals help sailors know the weather and are also guiding maps. Each lighthouse has its own signal to help sailors along the coastline know where they are at, until they reach their destination.

When we fix our eyes on Jesus’ pattern and follow His directions, we too can find our way home- 2 Timothy 1:13.

-Firm: Lighthouses were built along the dangerous parts of a coastline where it would endure waves of fierce gales and possibly take hits from debris. Men constructed these structures by sinking anchors deep into solid rock to support the weight and height of the lighthouse. This ensured that the lighthouse could withstand what the waters would do and remain standing firm. It was a wall protecting the coast around it and most lighthouses have been around for hundreds of years.

While on earth, Jesus remained firm and unwavering despite opposition and death on the cross. As our risen Savior, He is our unmoving, firm foundation protecting us in every circumstance- Isaiah 28:16.

-Faithful: Although most lighthouses have electric beacons and no one has to live there, and boats have modern navigational systems, sailors still depend on lighthouses today to help guide them. This is because the lights shine day and night without fail.

No matter how new age this world becomes, and technology increases, as Christians, we know we still need Jesus day and night, and He is faithful to His promises to be our light in this world to guide us to salvation- 2 Timothy 2:11-13.

John 8:12, “Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.” Life is full of storms; murky waters and our life can get turned about leaving us disoriented. Jesus says, “I am your safe passage. I am your lighthouse and will lead you to safety.” It simply takes us to let go of control and the “get out of my way” attitude, trusting instead that Jesus knows how to lead us away from danger. Choose to let Jesus lead your path each day as your lighthouse, your safe harbor.

I like many songs, and again I have found a song that shares the thoughts I have shared today. If you'd like, click on the link to hear it.

Let's continue our study through 1 John 5:1-10. When we open God's Word He is ready to share with us so many wonderful things and show us ways to salvation and walking through the world of craziness. All we have to do is be willing.

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