“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (Proverbs 4:18).
I looked out my kitchen window to find the morning sunlight falling across the back lawn. A single ray had burst through the dense trees. It stretched diagonally across, lighting a clear path toward the woods. I thought of the way the Lord leads us. He seemed to say, “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).
I have been reading Jeremiah about the sin of the people of Judah. Jeremiah calls for the “wailing women” who will mourn for the city, and teach others to lament. My thoughts were directed to my prayer group. I met with them not long ago in what can only be described as a “weeping and wailing” time. I arrived right after a phone call that left me crushed, outraged, and fearful – all at the same time. I could only weep as this group of women lifted me and my family in prayer.
The morning sunlight, my reading in Jeremiah, and my memory of prayer group came together in illuminating light in this passage: “Let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:24).
I have been praying for direction, personally and corporately, with a group at church. One of the questions has been the timing of a new ministry He seems to be birthing out of our church. I know the Lord has spoken to me about my involvement in it, but I have been unsure of the timing. In truth, I’ve been a little apprehensive because of the things I am going to have to share there. This verse reminded me of two important things. One, I am already engaged in the work. Ministry is happening. Our prayer groups are recent examples. The other thing, and the most important point, is the focus of all prayer and ministry should be the Lord. Calling upon Him in prayer for what we know is true of Him because we have seen Him move in glory and power! The Lord is kind, just, and righteous. These are the things I will declare and give witness to in my ministry for the Lord – whenever, wherever, and to whomever He directs.
From my window, I watch the sunlit path shrink and fade with the rising of the sun. I pray the truth in this glory moment will stay with me as I turn to the ordinary work of another day. Joy rises in knowing that we are changed here; in these majestic glimpses of the unfading beauty of Christ. He ignites our hearts with passion, and a purpose greater than ourselves. He is our purpose, the desire of our hearts. Christ is the True Light already shining who gives light and life to all men. To make Him known among the nations is our ministry and highest calling. We accomplish that through our everyday work and ways. Right now, in this moment, the light of His life burns within me, leading me onward. I wonder in this ever-brightening path before me, captured by His beauty all around.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).