One of the verbal games we play to pass the time bike riding is to name as many things as we can that are connected to a word. The word water for instance can be waterfall, water main, water bug and so on. We do this with word after word…biking is made, for me, more enjoyable.
Glow worm, glow fish, afterglow, glow sticks, glow in the dark…these terms came to mind after a friend sent me a message about her brother-in-law. He is around my age and has recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer. He feels just fine but he has lesions in the brain, lungs, liver and bones. His medical diagnosis is not good. Not good at all.
So I was amazed and thrilled when she said of her relative-through-marriage: “He is glowing with the goodness of God.” He is a glow-in-the-dark kind of Christian Person! Dark circumstances but light in his heart. Generally when people receive a death-verdict here in this life, it is all darkness and doom. But when a person is related to Father God through faith, that person can truly be a ‘light’ in a dark world, shining with the hope of God and Heaven – even if a healing miracle does not happen on this side of “Home”.
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over but the joys to come will last forever.” (II Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)
It seems the darker the room, the more those glow-in-the-dark objects shine.I wonder how much more light and joy would be in the world if every Christ One were a “Glow in the Dark” Christian?