“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
Growing up on the east coast of Canada, I was familiar with four distinct seasons. However, moving across the country to attend bible college in Abbotsford, BC, I quickly realized that the west coast had only two seasons: a rainy season and a non-rainy season. Abbotsford (which tops the list for Canadian cities with the most precipitation) would be overcast and rainy for weeks at a time. It wasn’t always pouring but it would be constantly overcast with drizzle. It was dark, cold and wet for long periods of the year.
I distinctly remember when the sun would eventually poke its way through. You could feel the sun’s warmth and rapidly everything would dry up. The sudden appearance of the sun changed the demeanour on campus almost immediately. People would be outside, and they’d instantly be more relaxed. Laughter and smiling would be prevalent. Nothing could change the mood on campus more abruptly and powerfully than the sun shining after days of not seeing it.
This is how Jesus describes those who carry God’s Spirit. He paints a picture of what we are to be: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” In other words, we are to bring light in dark places of life, to bring light to people who feel in darkness. I love how Eugene Peterson says it: “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.”
What a beautiful image of what you and I are called to be as followers of Jesus. We are called to be light for people who aren’t experiencing the power of light in their life. I imagine you won’t have to go far to find a story, a situation, a person that needs light.
Remember, we have the opportunity to bring light to an individual’s darkness. In the same way that the sun would create a powerful change to fellow students after a season of rain, you too can be a conduit of God’s grace that brings hope and peace that others so desperately seek.