“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” (Matt 17:1-2, NIV2)
“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ (Acts 22:6-7, NIV)
Something happens when we leave darkness behind. We get a revelation that the real light is way beyond the light we know. As long as we don’t experience it fully and embrace it, it will remain but a concept, not a reality.
Sooner or later, when we perceive that light, we will be hit by a revelation that no light is brighter than the light that led us out of our darkness. Once that revelation hits us head on, our perception of reality changes radically. Instead of our ordinary day-to-day pursuits, we begin to rely on the One who loves us so much that He saved us from our hopeless bondage. His light becomes our reality: “This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.” (1John 3:19, MSG); “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12b, NIV2). Peter, James, John and Saul all experienced this directly, and so did numerous others, me included. There is no other light for me than the light of Jesus, the Christ, my reality.
Imagine facing the trials of life when our reality is solely our Heavenly Father. Would we ever be left wanting? Would we continue to focus on our worries? Would we perhaps even tremble with fear? Those concerns were the realities of our past life, but not anymore. Our light is not provided by the wiles of this world, but by our Father Himself. He is in control, and we are welcome to bathe in His reality. All will be well. He is in control! We can truly trust Him! There is no longer any fear, only trust. He will come through, as He is now our reality.
We were in for a nasty, wet camping trip to Northern Michigan. It was predicted by numerous weather stations that we would have 35 mm of rain at times, and on other days, 5 to 10 mm. We decided to go ahead with our trip. After all, the weather man was not in control of the weather, but rather, our Heavenly Dad Himself! We would be fine!
Our 9 day excursion was exceptional. Whenever we were exploring by foot, no rain fell. Whenever we had to drive for more than a couple of hours, it usually rained, and sometimes it rained at night, when we were soundly asleep. Our Father always comes through for to those who love Him. One sunny day we visited the Windmill Island Gardens, in Holland, Michigan. Just as we decided to go into a building to watch a movie about the history of the place, it started to rain: quite hard in fact! When we were finished and stepped back outside, the downpour had stopped completely and the sun was once again shining.
Our reality is quite different when we encounter the real Light of the world. We have truly nothing to worry about anymore.
Who is your reality?
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