The other night as we were coming home from the store, everything seemed normal. I pulled out of the parking lot and made it onto the street. I successfully navigated the dangerous reality of modern day driving!
A couple of minutes later, I pulled onto a street in our neighborhood and immediately realized that something was wrong. There was a noticeable change in the environment around me and I couldn’t tell what it was. A moment later, I realized that the problem was not the surrounding environment. Rather, it was me.
My car’s headlights were off!
Why didn’t I notice it before?
While I was on the main street, there was an abundance of street lights, so I never realized that my car’s lights were off.
When the environment changed (no more streetlights), my problem became noticeable.
A couple quick points:
1) Sometimes, in order to more properly know what might be wrong/stuck/incorrect in our own lives, we need to change the environment. Certain problems are only revealed in different settings.
2) As a Christian, we are called to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” That’s found in Matthew 5:16. The only way to know if your light is truly shining is by spending some time in dark areas. Get out of the “light only environments” of church services, Christian meetings and spend some time in some darker areas. Your light was meant to shine!