Such a beautiful morning – cold and crisp outside! Autumn is here and soon to be gone – and I know this because Christmas decorations are popping up everywhere in retail stores. Halloween costumes and candy are selling out in stores as trick-or-treaters will soon be ringing our doorbells. A popular sign of both harvest and autumn is the pumpkin. Our family always enjoys going to the pumpkin patch and finding that “perfect” pumpkin. And of course this year, this Grandma had to buy my grandchildren, their very 1st pumpkin. Love making these memories!
Did you know that being a Christian is a lot like being a pumpkin? I know, I know, pumpkins are round, orange and sometimes, very large. And you may be wondering how I could compare you or myself to something like that. Just like a child chooses a pumpkin to carve and mold an image upon, so God carves and molds His own unique design in you and in me.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light – 1Peter 2:9
This Scripture verse and many others tells us that God has chosen us. He lifts us up and washes the dirt from our skin. Then he opens us, connecting deep inside to scoop out all the slimy, yucky stuff, including seeds of doubt, lies, and fear. Then He carves a new creation, and makes our faces shine by putting His light inside for all to see.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t want my light to shine because I am ashamed of a thought or action or pattern in my life. I try to hide the light Christ has put in me, and blend in with the crowd. What I forget is that when God carved me, created me, and gave me His Son, I no longer had to count on my own strength. I can count on the Lord’s. It is He who washes me clean; it is He who gives me a spirit of strength and perseverance; it is He who makes me pure; it is He who frees me from sin; and it is He who gives me hope. When I realize that my part of the equation is to rely on His strength and power, then I can do as Scriptures say, and shine His light through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What starts as an everyday pumpkin turns into a lantern of light. What starts as an everyday person turns into a beacon of hope for all to see. Through our union with Christ, we are given the light and wisdom of the Holy Spirit who enters and dwells in our lives. It is He who picked you out and carved you just the way He wants you. So make sure you keep your lantern lit for all to see.
*Each time you see a pumpkin this autumn, think about how God chose you to be his servant, his light in this dark world – a representative of our Lord Jesus Christ. (*excerpt from Kelly McFadden)
“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness. I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations…Isaiah 42:6
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matt. 5:14-16.