All That Glitters…

It was blinding.

We were on our bike ride when I saw it.  On the road… way in the distance.  A light… gleaming in the midst of shadows.

I was fascinated.  What could be generating such a bright light, right on the pavement?  My fascination grew as we drew closer, because the light never wavered.  It wasn’t until I got right next to it that I discovered its source.

An empty, crumpled soda can.

Just goes to show that the old wise saying is true:  “All that glitters is not gold.”

Then You spoke to me, Lord.  The thoughts — and the questions — came so quickly, I could hardly keep up.

What are the glittery things in life that draw my attention?  The glittery things that lure me into investing my attention, time and energy in their pursuit?  The glittery things that look so good at first, but that later turn out to be nothing more than worthless trash?

What would be the better investment of all that is mine, Lord… “mine” by Your Grace?

“Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him…”  (Philippians 3:7-9)

Even Solomon didn’t fully grasp the enormity of it… did he, Lord?  He had it all… then lost it. Everything that money could buy was, in the end, not enough for him.  Because it was not enough for the glittery “gods” that took his attention away from You.

“See how the flowers in the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you — you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’… or ‘What shall we wear?’… Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  (Matthew 6:28-33)

Worldly light can blind us.  But Your Light, Lord?  It gives sight to the blind!

“I am the Light of the World.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.”  (John 8:12)

Grateful for my Son-glasses,

Abba’s Girl

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