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.
We love our children (those little angels!) and really do see them as a gift from God to us. They are part of the reason why we take our meds, stay sober and deal with our depression.
Below are examples of children writing their letter to God. All of them are significant, and we see through their innocent questions to understand the heart.
- Dear God, In Sunday School they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation? — Jane
- Dear God, I think about You sometimes even when I’m not praying. — Elliot
- Dear God, Did You really mean “do unto others as they do unto you?” Because if you did, then I’m going to fix my brother. — Darla
- Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. — Margret
- Dear God, I read the Bible. What does “begat” mean? Nobody will tell me. — Love, Allison
- Dear God, Are you really invisible or is that a trick? — Lucy
- Dear God, Is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? — Anita
- Dear God, Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? — Norma
- Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t You just keep the ones You have now? — Jane
- Dear God, Who draws the lines around countries? — Nan
- Dear God, The bad people laughed at Noah — “You made an ark on dry land you fool”. But he was smart, he stuck with You. That’s what I would do. — Eddie
- Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? — Neil
- Dear God, What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything. — Jane
- Dear God, Thank You for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. — Joyce
- Dear God, Why is Sunday School on Sunday? I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest. — Tom L.
- Dear God, Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up. — Bruce
- Dear God, If we come back as something — please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her. — Denise
- Dear God, My brother is a rat. You should give him a tail. Ha ha. — Danny
- Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. — Larry
- Dear God, I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over. — Sam
- Dear God, You don’t have to worry about me. I always look both ways. — Dean
- Dear God, I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. — Nan
- Dear God, Of all the people who work for You, I like Noah and David the best. — Rob
- Dear God, My brother told me about being born but it doesn’t sound right. They’re just kidding, aren’t they? — Marsha
- Dear God, If You watch me in Church Sunday. I’ll show You my new shoes. — Mickey D.
- Dear God, I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible. — Love, Chri
- Dear God, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in school they said You did it. So, I bet he stoled Your idea. — Sincerely, Donna
- Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well, I just want You to know but I am not just saying that because You are God already. — Charles
“Almighty Father, Son and Holy Ghost, eternal and ever blessed gracious God; to me the least of saints, to me allow that I should keep a door in paradise. That I may keep the smallest door, the furthermost, the darkest, coldest door, the door which is the least used, the stiffest door. If it so be but in thine house, O God, if so be that I can see thy glory even afar, and hear thy voice, O God, and know that I am with thee, thee O God.”
A Prayer of St. Columba, 521-597 AD
We must travel some distance, before something like this will cling to our hearts. Columba’s journey to the presence of Jesus most certainly gave him a perspective that enabled him to pray with this intensity and this humility. We cannot dissuade ourselves of his effort and his overwhelming desire to be near Him. We can only watch, and mark the zeal which took his heart and soul into the burning presence of His presence. Columba becomes a guide of what is possible and what is to be sought. We must become (if we are in pursuit) a people radically changed by the reality of His presence.