A Light Behind

every word, deed and action one takes or does or receives.

A light in the cellar. A light in the attic. A light in the kitchen. A light on the night stand. The porch Light. And, the red light districts even know the power of light.

The light from the eyes reveal the intent of the soul. The light of the mind shines bright in words and actions. The heart (light) wattage is stamped on a heart valve. Then of course the 3-way bulb gives shades of light on our words, deeds and actions.

Do you know your wattage, color, and use? Matthew 25, informs us, ” You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand_shine! Keep open house, be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Message vs.15.16


I once told a friend of mine, an artist, your light is a night light about the size of an acorn. It shines from your soul to the image it gives others on canvas of form and color. What a light! Just pause and think, an acorn, a small acorn is the fruit of the oak!

I think, I too, have a night light in my soul about the size of an acorn. It falls from my mouth and gives light on a ‘garden of renown’ giving a path with Wisdom Words for others to see and review the path they will take. Isaiah 58:11 “The Lord will guide you continually…you shall be like a watered garden…” I love the healing words of the prophet Isaiah 57, “Desire gave you renewed strength, and you did not grow weary.” (57:10b NLT) (I believe Isaiah was talking to the ones not following God here but does it not apply to the ones trying to follow Christ). We may grow weary in our search, but we will never give up. Yes, your desire for truth gives you renewed strength, and you will not grow weary. We will not grow weary in doing good.

A walk through the garden of renown. Yes, a beautiful healing garden. The Word of God, Wisdom Words, gives us the “The Healing Garden”. Our Lord, the master gardener, provides the strength we need when we need it. Maybe a beautiful PEONY in bloom at just the right time. A BAND OF RENOWN with music of tranquility with light for composure and peace. Wisdom Words from the wind of words, chimes of delight, giving hope in contemplation.
 Images Renown
As we take the time to enjoy the light of another we will experience a time of recovery deep in our souls. Yes, a candle light in the dark night of the soul. A walk through the garden will reveal art, music, birds, sounds, and beauty for healing. One might stop and pick a medicinal plant or herb. One will certainly pause, meditate, reflect and pick a Rose of choice color to delight the eye, nose and nostalgia of love.

I have come to understand from my experience that the time of awakening is the beginning of the healing journey. It is not the end, it’s the beginning. Yes, there is a light behind every word, deed and action one takes and receives. That light gives hope, peace and healing when it shines from a well watered garden.

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21 thoughts on “A Light Behind

  1. this reminds me of the song I come to the Garden alone while the dew is still on the roses……(the part that stood out in the blog and this song is its a GARDEN

  2. After reading this blog I was reading 2 Timothy 2:6 which says if you plant that you ought to reap or partake of the first fruits. I read a commentary that said,

    “A farmer must continue to sow seed and water it if he or she wants to harvest its fruit. Likewise the farmer for Christ must plant and nourish the gospel seed if he or she eventually expects to reap the fruit of God’s Word in the lives of people. All three illustrations imply dogged persistence and hold out the prospect of reward for the faithful. (Expository Notes))”

    What a wonderful thing to see the light of Jesus in others lives through the sowing of the Word of Jesus. This also remind me that we must be careful with what we plant. May we be true to plant the true Words of God. Words that build up and doesn’t destroy. What a great God who strengthens each and showcases each God given talent to help another in the garden. Thus we stand not alone in the garden. We bear one another’s burdens as we stand in the wake of another day. We give thanks to the giver who strengthens us from within to face another day. We thank God for those who He has sent to hold our hands to heaven. Thank you Lord Jesus.

  3. Thank you Sara for this gift of words. This blog is a poetic prescription that penetrates deep within the spirit. “For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.” Psalm 36:9

  4. Rena, I like your farmer’s almanac. I know you are in the process of planting a vegetable garden and expecting an abundant return to give out to others from your new veg. garden in Va. Your new garden and almanac comments makes me think of this verse in Ecclesiastes 11:1 Message “Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.”
    a) the principle of sowing and reaping. What you plant will come back to you in increased amounts. b) When you help others succeed, you will find success on your garden path. c) the Word of God you plant in another’s life will not return void. Debi commented from God’s Word ‘in your light we shall see light.’

    But, we need to do as Dorothy’s song suggest, ‘come to the garden’ and learn of His ways and then go on your path doing. And, that you are doing Rena as a very good farmer. (Oh, and don’t forget I love tomatoes right off the vine).

  5. Peony: ORIGIN Old English peonie, via Latin from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn, the name of the physician of the gods. Peony has always been thought to be a healer when eyes behold.

    I noticed someone staying in a house near me and that she is going through a treatment program for health. She paused to see my side yard. I do not know her, but God does, and He knows she needs healing. I thought how can I make the side yard even more beautiful for her eyes to behold? Yes, you are right I purchased a beautiful white with rose tips-big full fat blooms-PEONY.A little garden I want to make for her as she walks by each day and walks through this journey to health. Yes, God’s Word says Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth,and every trees.” (Gen 1:29)
    I found Behold in 52 books out of 66 in the Bible.

    Ezekiel 34:29-31 “I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no more be consumed…they shall know that I the Lord their God, am with them…You are My flock, the flock of My pasture;…And, I Am your God.”

    May ‘She’ be healed, we pray.

  6. In the Word of God in 1Cor. 9:9-10, it reads, “Do not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn. Does God only care for oxen or does He speak for our sakes; that is ….that the plowman ought to plow in hope and the thresher ought to thresh in great expectation (like Sara’s anticipation of fat ripe tomatoes off the vine) of partaking in the harvest.”
    Ah, but if Rean plants and Debi harvests, why are others also partakers of the harvest, say, like Sara? The Word explains it very well. In v. 11 it says,
    “If we have sown the seed of spiritual good among you is it too much to ask that we reap from your material abundance? The Lord has directed that those who publish and preach and teach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, should get their earthly and material sustenance by Gospel preaching.”
    And those who plant and reap expect to receive the harvest of their labors not only for themselves but for those in need of physical nourishment and for those who render spiritual support and care.

  7. As a child I was always comforted when I awoke in the darkness of the night and there was a night light burning that my mother had turned on at bedtime. Turning the ‘night light’ on for someone is a very gracious, loving act that can prevent a fall, show the way to a destination point and allay fears when someone awakes from a deep slumber and can be confused and disoriented. I thank God for the night-light of Sara’s many blogs.

    17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
    18If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand
    When I awake, I am still with You. (Ps 139:17-19)

  8. Thanks Debi. Like the way you see things, like turning the night light on for another is very gracious. I agree. When I prepare a guest room for guest one of the ‘mainstays’ is to find a perfect night light for the decor. I love night lights and the prettier they are the better, but all lights are pretty when they are in glow. Well, I think so.

    Just a thought question. If someone turns the night light on for another doesn’t the other have to awaken to benefit from the light?

  9. Sara,
    How interesting that you write a blog about light now. My boys are studying all about light in science, now. In studying with them, I was reminded of how light works. (ex. “Laws of Reflection”)
    After reading this blog, I sure hope the “light behind” my words, deeds, and actions, “reflect” hope, peace, and healing, for all who witness them.

  10. Sara that is a good question. No matter how bright the light if you’re asleep you are insensitive, unresponsive to it. Ephesians 5:14 : “For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”

  11. I was thinking about the night light and how one is cut on for the benefit of others so it wont be so dark as they walk into a room or start their journey even down a road…..and I also thought of what is called a black light…have you ever walked into a room lit up by a black light? It shows up ever piece of lint and anything white or bright that is in the room or on a person…….it reminds me of the light not being hide under a bushel…this light even though it is called a black light and the glow from it is barely seen, you will the results of it being turned on in the darkness…because nothing can be hid (its like a search light that gets the last thing that tries to hide in the dark)……and Gary has been teaching in Luke 12 which says”for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hidden, that shall not be known……….”I agree with Needles I too hope the light behind my every action and word, will reflect hope,peace, and healing …..and when the black light (search light) is turned on that only Christ will be seen in and through me/us and that my/our garments wont have any spots or (lint) to show up on that Day….dj

  12. That’s an interesting concept, DJ, concerning black light. In Ps. 104 I read where David says of the Lord that, “His garment is LIGHT. He covers Himself with light, as a garment.” And yet in another place, Ps. 18:9, 11… David says of Almighty God,”He bowed the heavens and came down and thick darkness was under His feet. He made darkness His secret hiding place, as His pavilion or canopy. In 1 Kings 8:12 and 2 Chronicles 6:1, Solomon says, “The Lord said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.
    This is just conjecture but perhaps that “darkness’ that He speaks of in His Word is the black light that reveals every small and miniscule spot, wrinkle and every such thing, as DJ intimated.
    Another thought about the Darkness that these Scriptures speak of might be like the phenomenon with which I am confronted every morning when I drive on my commute eastward into the brilliant sun. When it is directly in my eyes, it is so brilliant that the surrounding scenery and the cars on the road ahead are almost in darkness, and I can hardly distinguish them because the sun is so bright in my eyes, and temporarily blinding. The oxymoron is that…how can there be darkness in such bright light. Yet that is my experience driving eastward on early sunny mornings. Now,
    we know that GOD is light and there is no darkness or shadow of turning with Him. But perhaps the light of God is darkness to those who fail to walk in that GREAT light.

  13. When I paused to think about the acorn and the oak, I thought that we might think our light is small and insignificant in comparison to the light others may bring through their words and giftings. Just like an acorn might think itself insignificant as it falls to the ground along with hundreds of other acorns under a 75′ white oak. But it either produces food for animals and/or man or it one day becomes a great oak itself.

  14. Debi, your analogy of the small light and the small acorn reminds me of the teaching Jesus gave concerning faith, saying that even if we had faith the size of a mustard seed, (one of the smallest known seeds) yet when planted it grows into a very large plant so that the birds of the air and the beasts of the field are able to make their homes in it. “Mighty oaks, little acorns make.”
    No matter how small a light is, it has the power to dispel the darkness around it. What encouragement that is.

    Jesus gave to me a lamp and said, “dispel the dark”!
    And first it chased the dark in me, my light, a little spark
    and then He said, ‘Now throw it forward so others, too, might see’
    Illumine paths, not just for you, but for ones to come to Me.
    And soon were many sparks ablaze with fervor for His Name
    Each one a tiny little spark but together a brilliant flame!!
    mghenry

  15. Thanks for all the encouragement and healing your gift light has brought to me as I took an evening stroll through this garden. Each light shining and giving hope. So much fun and joy to have a part in each gift.

    I stayed in a country home this week-end and at night I must say the light was quite different than I see in the city. The moon seemed brighter, the stars seemed closer. The solar lights in the yard shining with pride in the night to light the paths and gardens for our enjoyment and safety served to reminded me just how important each gift light is to the Body of Christ.

  16. Matthew 12:34 “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

  17. Needles, NLT says it like this, For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. ” So light shines from the heart or maybe darkness.
    I guess my thought “the light wattage is stamped on a heart valve” is true. You heart determines yours words. Ok, you are right again Needles.

  18. With wattage being an amount of power, and ‘The tongue has the power of life and death…’ (Prov 18:21),then the vipers tongue Needles refers to must wield the power of death and this ‘heart valve’ must release the death stored there.
    I am glad Jesus said He is the Light and can come and bring life light in our hearts’ if we are willing and obedient…’I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10

  19. When I sit down with a Starbuck’s coffee and friend, I can’t help but think and pray, “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, O Lord.” Thoughts and Words are really a work of art. We can produce good art or poor art.

    Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” This always makes me think she knew from which she spoke. “By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Message vs.15.16

  20. Needles and Sara I thought of this scripture in James 1;17 that says every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shodow of turning.” it seems to me we need to Have the Father /HolySpirit seated on the throne place of our hearts so that the light within will be a pure bright light especially if we yeild to Him who sits on throne…….then the light will be bright and pure and the meditations of our hearsts would be acceptable……….and we would be able to spread the light!…..dj

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