I remember growing up in south Florida my family and I would always go to the beach at Bill Baggs state park. I can still see the entrance of the park lying in the shade of towering pine and coconut palm trees. When we arrived in the parking lot we would run with anticipation towards the sand and the water. And there in the distance was a beautiful lighthouse, built in the early 1800’s.
I’ve never been a sailor, but I find the idea of a lighthouse fascinating. Here’s this tall structure, profoundly simplistic in its design, and yet its purpose was one of extreme importance. Sailors of old, fighting against ocean currents and heavy fog, needed a guide, a beacon of light to navigate by. It helped to warn of danger, directing sailors around treacherous shallows and rocky shores. Even today, lighthouses around the world are protected as historic sites for their mystique as much as their importance.
For me, a lighthouse is a wonderful analogy of what our lives should reflect as Christians. Like a lighthouse guiding sailors, the Bible acts as our guide, helping us to see what God would reveal to us. His words guide us through this life, directing our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6) and warning of any impending danger. When our walk gets foggy and we question which way to go, we can always rely on the word of God to keep us on track.
Likewise, we should reflect the light of Jesus to the world around us. There are many who would never interact with the word of God, yet we can still shine an example, a beacon of truth and love for the world to see. We can let people see Jesus through our actions, our walk, and maybe win a few to Christ to the glory of God.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”