Then Jesus said to them, “Do you hide a lamp under a bowl or under a bed? No! You put the lamp on a lampstand.
To hide something means you don’t want it found. You make an effort to keep it from coming to anyone’s attention. It’s curious though, that we would go to all this effort to light a lamp, only to turn around and find a place to hide this same lamp.
However, hiding the light doesn’t make it go away. We do try, however. But light comes and its effects can not be hidden. It shines on us, illuminates us, and makes us shine. The urge to hide light seems to be a regular occurence among us. We want what we’ve been given to avoid detection.
Adam and Eve had this impulse to avoid detection. It seems that it is something we do rather well, this ‘camoflage’ business. If we would stop for a moment and think about it, it does seem ridiculous. The reality is that life has been poured into us, and foolishness should be eradicated by now.
Light simply infuses us, and we become radient by His presence. We could try to fabricate the light, but it is His work in our hearts. We must move beyond our reluctance and embrace this display and magnification of His presence.