Amor, Shine Your Light.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

“I sought the Lord , and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalms 34:4

Shining my Light in Madrid, Spain

Dear Daughter,

This blogpost is for the girls out there who have the light of the world in them, living with the hope of Jesus in a world of people living in fear. 

Amor, perhaps we were made for a time as this. 

It feels so unreal, doesn’t it? to live in this era of the coronavirus and everything else happening in the world, and to watch people live in crippling fear and anxiety. 

But you have a light in you, a light that gives peace and can bless the world in ways you probably can’t imagine, and this is the perfect time to show it off.  

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Over the last 48 hours, amor, God has really pulled through for me. I woke up at 3 in the morning in Denmark (where I was studying abroad) to a phone call from my father who said that Trump was putting a travel ban effective almost immediately for people coming into the U.S. from Europe, so we needed to buy a flight ASAP for me to go home. I was distraught, caught off guard, and in many ways in shock. I remember sitting on my roommate’s bed, hearing my father grunt in frustration at every “denial of purchase” for every ticket he found; but what did I do? I prayed, and somehow God gave me peace in the midst of crisis by reminding me that He was my Father, and before I knew it, my ticket was secured.

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I’m currently sitting in Florida on a hotel bed that’ll keep me company for the next week. But here, after the craziness I’ve endured in the last few days, I can see so clearly God’s hand in my life. He kept me and led me to safety, and He’s blessed me with the means of getting home. I saw a quote the other day that said something like “you think I am lucky, but you don’t know how much I prayed for this.” and when I tell you girl that that is so applicable here, God really is the one who pulled through.

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So many of my family members called once I got back and told me about how worried they were for me. And of course I am so grateful for them and their love for me, but amor, I realized that though I definitely had instances of worry, I never worried as much as many in the world are worrying right now. How could I have been so at peace after such a wild few days? Along the way, God reminded me of who He was, and I had confidence in my Father. 

Experiencing this peace in the midst of hardship and being able to combat worry with truth, I realized that I have something special that so many others don’t have. I have the light of the world in me, the Gospel, the truth that because Jesus is my Saviour, I have a relationship with an Almighty God, and if this Almighty God is my father and is not at all worried about the coronavirus, why should I be worried?

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And amor, you who are in Christ also have that power in you to be at peace when the world is in panic. You have truth in you of who God really is, and the gospel that allows people to experience that peace too. You, daughter, have the ability to love like God, to give hope, and the option and opportunity to be a blessing to someone else. So, if you need a sign to be a blessing to someone and to shine your light today, this is it.

So today, let’s bring peace to fear. Maybe you can share an encouraging post on instagram, or send a comforting message to someone overseas. You can pray, and hold your people where they are, telling them about the promises of God that He has for those who trust Him. Let’s be who God called us to be, a people who shine their lights.

Con Amor,

Ash

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