We bunched closely together as the children and the adults walked carefully though the underground shafts led by our x-
As we continued, a few children clung on to me and then a little hand was pushed into mine and as I peered down through the darkness my helmet light picked out one of my pupils who looked up at me and exclaimed, “Miss, I’m scared, it’s dark in here!”
Unknown to her, I was terrified too! But isn’t it a wonderful thing that when others weaker than ourselves, especially children, need our support, we can manage to hide our own feelings in order to comfort them! I’ve never been so glad in all my life to get out of there.
On my part it meant putting someone before myself and in her case it mean putting her faith in someone she trusted to lead her to safety.
It reminds me of our relationship with Jesus. For our sakes He sacrificed His own life so that we would be saved. He put our needs before His own.
We in turn need to trust Him. We can put our hands in His knowing that He will lead us safely out of darkness into light and all will be well.
St. Matthew Ch. 18, V: 2-
Jesus called a small child over to Him and put the child among them.
Then He said, “ I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as
little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.’
The lights on our helmets gave only limited vision. We could see ahead of us but the rest was in shadow or darkness. We had to focus the beam onto any area or object we particularly wanted to see.
As Christians, as well as receiving the light of Christ into our lives, we are expected to carry that light with us into the dark situations we meet every day and to reflect it onto others so that they too might experience the way the Light of Jesus can affect us.
I wonder if we try to focus on too many things we can do for Jesus? Are we the kind of people who feel guilty if we haven’t time for everything we want to do?
Sometimes it is better to concentrate on one important task or issue or person who needs us. By so doing we can really begin to see the whole picture and the areas most needing our attention. If we are supporting another person then that person will start to believe they have worth and are important to us and to God. For that time, they become the centre of our attention amid the darkness of the troubled world around us.
I admit that we do have times when we need to be like electric light bulbs, reflecting the light, that is, the power of Jesus on a whole set of problems! However if we are not careful, we could, burn ourselves out!
Is there someone we need to show that they are special this Advent?
LUKE Ch. 1, V: 78 – 79
Because of God’s tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness….