A song has been on my heart, in my soul, and reverberating through my mind for a few months now: “My Lighthouse” by Ireland’s Rend Collective.
Really, just a blurb on this. If our Father God is our lighthouse and the true source of light who equips each of us with a purpose to bring others to Him, then aren’t we yet a simple beam of the lighthouse’s lantern?!
As a simple beam of this lantern in His lighthouse we are called to continually shine, in all circumstances (and for a lighthouse, especially in the raging storms). No, we don’t have to plaster a smile on our face and it won’t always be easy to shine His light. Nor do we have to provide the oil to maintain our beam of light but rather grow in dependence on Him. And, this makes me think that we must be in constant check to see if our wicks are long enough to reach Him, the source of oil, especially when wading through a storm.
Consider an excerpt from Psalm 84 (NIV):
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.
Now ponder a snippet of insight surrounding these three verses from my Life Application Study Bible: “No specific valley has been identified with Baca. Because Baca can mean “weeping,” it may have been a symbolic reference to the times of struggles and tears through which people must pass on their way to meet God.”
Turning to Him amidst your “Valley of Baca” ensures your wick is long enough to reach the oil and enable you to continue to shine! Let Him be your caretaker and oil and in-turn be a simple beam of His lighthouse through calm days and raging storms. May our wicks be long enough to reach Him at ALL times.
P.S. I really must applaud God for the talents he gave to Rend Collective and their entire staff (recording, video, you name it)! What well-balanced and dare I say, much appreciated, unconventional to main-stream instrumentation. Not to mention the creative and outside-of-comfort zone set for the video!