this week has turned out much differently than we thought it would. it was going to be a hectic week, with the ultrasound on monday, dentist appointments, eye doctor appointments, my final on wednesday.. just a jam-packed week. little did we know that we would have a microburst come through and knock over trees and knock out power for 36 hours. it was insane, the weather was scary, the aftermath was unbelieveable, the lack of power was inconvenient, the candlelight studying was a pain. however, we really are lucky; no trees fell on our house or cars, only minor damage to our cars and probably our roof (which is why we have insurance after all!) and both of us were safe and together. having no power for one night was a little boring for mat (as i was studying as much as i could before the sun went down) but it also gave us a chance to talk and walk and share better time together. so much of our life is hurry hurry hurry, that when we finally get home, we veg out in front of the tv. without tv, we had dinner at the table (even though it was delivered pizza!) and went for a walk in the greenbelt. it allowed us to slow down and relish the quiet there is without all the appliances and electronics buzzing.
it also got me thinking about the influence of candlelight. as soon as the power went out monday night, we got out flashlights and candles. as soon as i lit a candle, the light filled up the entire room. the far reaching power of light over dark is amazing, leading me to think more about how Jesus called us the light of the world. I am a light of the world!!! the rest of the passage is just as poigniant "16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." i have the potential to be like that candle we had to light so that we could see clearly; i have the capability to be the light for those around me to see more clearly the love that my heavenly Father has for them. if i don't live out that life, the life of the light of the world, then i am like the candle under the basket: ineffective. i pray that i will daily exhibit the light of the world, the light that i have inside of me, the light of Jesus Christ. i pray that in that way, i can bring light to the lives of those around me, the clarity, peace and faith that comes from Jesus. that is my prayer.
if you are interested, here are some photos of the storm:
downed trees on the greenbelt behind our house