I shared this image yesterday in my blog post about Biltmore Blooms and it has stuck in my mind for some reason. Sometimes images do that.
As I walked out to our dock earlier today I spied a dandelion in our yard. There was a time when only moss grew in our yard but now we have actual grass and the occasional weed here and there. The reason? We got trees trimmed and some taken out over the years so more sunlight hit the yard. As a result things started growing.
Plants need light, don’t they? Once plants have the light and sunshine that they need they start growing tall as if in an effort to reach that light source. When our grass started growing in our back yard due to more light it signaled to me how important light is in my life. I find myself loving the sunshine when we have had days of rain.
Of course there is the parallel to my life in Christ that is so obvious. There are so many passages in the Bible that reference Light. Light symbolizes God, faith, and holiness. The Bible tells us to walk in the Light and not in darkness. Walking in the Light simply means to walk the Christian path. Kindness, forgiveness, gentleness, generosity, compassion, and truthfulness are just a few of the traits that I believe Christians possess. The walk is not always easy but it is the walk I choose.
When I saw those dandelions this week it made me think that they were just responding to the light. Their growth, though not intentionally planted, was the result of being able to find the light and the right ingredients for growth. If they can grow, why wouldn’t I be able to grow? Each day presents new challenges and distractions from living in the Light.
Perseverance and belief are the necessary components to continue to walk in the Light.
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. 37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.John 12: 35-37