©Jeanne E Webster
Matt. 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel basket but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Imagine a rose bud freshly appearing from its thorny stem, closed up tightly like a clenched fist, its beauty and perfume unrevealed. Rising at dawn, the sun slowly warms the delicate petal tissues; they become pliant and supple. Fraction by tiny fraction the outer ring of petals fluff outwards, then another ring, until the bud is no longer closed and hard and firm. The warmth has loosened up its rows of petals; they peer out at the world with stark brilliance. It has warmed to its fullest glory: a stunning blossom. The bud can’t present its scented splendor until it is fully opened, fully determined to display its designated purpose. Only then can it release its fullest potential and become visible to the world.
Yielding to God is “like a flower at dawn, touched by the warmth of the sun, opening to the sunrays and giving to the world its beauty, its perfume—being for all to see what it was meant to be.”
Let us be all we were meant to be—the Light of the world, glorifying our Father in heaven. Amen.