‘Lessons I Learned in The Light’

I have been reading a birthday present that Sara had given me, entitled, ‘Lessons I Learned in The Light’ by Jennifer Rothschild. Author Rothschild has been blind since age 15 but her in-SIGHT is tremendous. She is really NOT in the dark as she has relied on Jesus, literally, for her SIGHT and LIGHT.
One of many revelations that she has shared in her book, that really spoke to me, concerns an incident where she unilaterally made a decision to get rid of a piece of equipment in her home that really belonged to her husband, without his knowledge or permission, because she wanted it OUT!! She later tells us that it was good that she got rid of that piece of equipment, not because of the extra storage room it freed up, but because she discovered what a truth it exposed about herself

…”an unbridled will”. “Unbridled volition screams to the world, “My way or the Highway…I will because I can…I’d rather ask for forgiveness than ask permission.” She teaches that meekness asks permission, but an out-of-control ‘control-freak’ imposes one’s own will and then when the wasted energy, frustration and confusion breaks out from an unbridled action, then the forgiveness has to be sought and much time to repair all the resulting damage to a relationship or a possession or whatever the object of the arrogant decision/action.
In Beth Moore’s Bible Study on LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF…studying the fruit of the Holy Spirit, she describes the 8th quality of the fruit of the Holy Spirit as Sacrificial Submission, that is, meekness, among other descriptions of the fruit, KINDNESS. That is NOT imposing of self will upon others, but a surrender to God’s will and submission to one another in love and respect.
There are many life examples that Jennifer Rothschild describes in her excellent book. Much of the teaching we receive at thedailylily.org are reinforced by these candid and real life examples. Great book!

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7 thoughts on “‘Lessons I Learned in The Light’”

  1. Thank for sharing about the book MG. The title and this example brought to mind I Cor 4:5: “He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.”

    And an unbridled will reminds me of horses I used to ride and their differing temperaments. The well-trained ones who were safe and pleasurable to ride would always drop their heads down in submission when I went to put the bridle on and slip the bit into their mouths. Since the reins are attached to the bit, it took only a light touch of my hands on those reins to make them turn or stop. The un-trained horses fought the bridle, threw their heads up and were generally unruly and some never changed. There was actually a term we used for them….they would ‘not accept the bit’. This reminds me of James 3:3: “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.

  2. What a great analogy, Debi. ‘They dropped their heads in submission’ is what we are supposed to do before the Lord. But the part that is scary is…”they continued to be unruly and some NEVER CHANGED.” A great lesson for those of us who profess to be LIVING BEYOND OURSELVES.
    Since this is the new era of change as touted by our new president, I hope and pray that as Holy Spirit works within me, I will submit to our Lord and Savior and that I WILL CHANGE my ‘unbridled will.’

  3. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places,
    so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.( Isaiah 45:3 NIV)

    There are treasures hidden on the inside of each of us. There are gifts, talents, and abilities inside of us that we may not even be aware are there. Many times during times of darkness the treasures hidden in the darkness will come to light. When we go through times of adversity the strength we need may arise if we seek the One that calls us by name. Our nation at this time is going through great financial as well as racial darkness. But, if we call upon The Lord and believe that out of darkness, riches that are stored in those secret places of the heart will come forth.

  4. This scripture and thoughts of Sara’s give hope, a light in the darkness, a fresh perspective that ignites faith. It is really a very great and profound prayer that I believe will bring the change we need.

  5. I am so thankful that we have the Lord to call on. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Lord, help us to be like you, possessing meekness, submission, etc. and not having anything to do with this “unbridled will”.

  6. Yes, Needles, it is a blessed privilege to be able to call upon the Lord. Your comment and Sara’s exhortation to call upon Him remind me of a chorus we sing from Psalm 18:3.
    “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
    So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
    Verses 1-2 preceding it are encouraging also:
    “I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
    The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
    My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
    My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. “

  7. I see our minds and hearts are in one accord on this. We are singing this psalm for worship this Sunday and it has, as much of GOD’S WORD has, many meanings and blessings within its refrain. Being saved from MY ENEMIES might mean in some instances MYSELF!

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