-Anthony J. D’Angelo (paraphrased)
South Texas Summers are terribly hot, as us San Antonio natives are well aware. We don’t need any more heat, but our city could use one thing for sure, more sunshine. This past Thursday, women from around the city got together to do something powerful, to bring light into some dark places. Our evening went like this: Over food and conversation, our volunteers got to know each other. Together, we stuffed mini beach bags with lip balm, sunglasses, sunscreen and granola bars. We joined hearts and hands, praying for the women we wanted to reach.
You see, the places where we go have no windows. Light is not allowed in. Only the occasional sun ray sneaks past the front door when it opens to invite another customer in. As we prayed, we ask God’s light to shine through us. Something in the atmosphere shifts when we lift our voices together in unity, when we come boldly to the Father’s throne of grace on behalf of His daughters.
What happens? He responds.
We know that He is moving. His heart longs for His daughters. Everything in Heaven has already been prepared for their homecoming, for their realization of their rightful place as His royal daughters. They just don’t know it yet. He’s calling them, drawing them into His perfect love. How? Through sending us. He’s taking us into dark places where His love and light can burn brighter. We aren’t supposed to run from the darkness but rather run at it! His army of angels are all around us. His light in each of us is more powerful than all of the enemy’s darkness.
Ephesians 5:13-14 tells us, “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible [transforms into] light. For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
God says to us, “Take the good news with you. Tell my beautiful daughters that I am for them, not against them. Tell them that I love them. I believe in them, even when they don’t believe in themselves. They are valuable and precious in My sight.” And so we did.
Although, it’s not just dancers, escorts and prostitutes who need to be loved on. It’s the whole world around us. Are you ready to let your light shine? This is not about self glorification or being a part of an “edgy” ministry. This is His message, His gospel, His truth that we have the privilege to take part in sharing. We are His ambassadors, working on behalf of His ministry for His glory alone. Matthew 5:16 instructs us, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Don’t be afraid of the light that is in you. Let it out, let it shine, without apology. There is power in surrendering who you think you need to be, to who God created you to be. His light displayed in you is unique and unlike anyone else’s. Sometimes we’ve all wished that we were gifted differently or had other strengths. But did you know that His light shines more brilliantly through you when you operate from your own God given anointing than anything else? Embraced who He has created you to be and foster the calling on your life. I’m going to use a cliche phrase here that also happens to be true. Let go and let God. Give Him room to move in and through you. He’s got you and He won’t let you fail. Trust Him. You will be so glad you did.