And the light was good

Today I made this…

Sitting at my kitchen table, staring at the flame burning inside a clementine rind, I began to think about emptiness.

Again.

Because this seems to be a common theme in my mind these days.

Originally that piece of fruit was appealing.

Ripe.

Juicy.

Satisfying.

Fulfilling it’s purpose: to be eaten.

I could have taken it, like I’ve done with so many of others, peeled off and discarded the rind, and been happy. I would not have walked away feeling like I’d missed out on something.

But…

This time I carefully removed what I’d once only viewed as trash. I turned my attentions to what was previously unimportant to me and came up with something beautiful. An experience that before revolved around taste became one of sight.

It caused me to think:

What do I view as discarded in my life that God wants to fill with light?

Am I missing out on something that would provide a new experience with Him because I’m satisfied with the norm?

How beautiful it is when we’re emptied out fully and filled again with all that is Him.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. {Genesis 1:2-3}

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6 Comments

  1. Jason says:

    That. Is. AWESOME.

    I totally love what you did and what you’ve written here. It can be so hard to be emptied out because you feel discarded and trashed…but God’s just preparing to shine His light through us.

    1. Melissa says:

      Thanks, Jason. :)

  2. Thanks for sharing not only that beautiful decoration but also the wonderful thought that God laid on your heart. I am amazed at the beauty of both.

    What a wonderful reminder to always stay in contact with Him and never to be satisfied with the status quo.

  3. Yep, He could have discarded us (or still could after we served our purpose), but He loves us so much. Great post, Melissa.

  4. Dicky says:

    Hi Melissa, I came across your blog when I read Revelations In Writing. I am also a Christian and married and have 2 boys. I am learning how to write a Christian romance novel. I am a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers http://www.acfw.com). Thank you for sharing with us your faith in the Lord. Dicky. http://dickyto.com

  5. HI Melissa, I found your site through reading Shannon’s blog. Genesis 1:2-3 is a wonderful verse. Recently, I was challenged to read the whole Bible in one year. This particular verse stood out to me! May you continue to let Christ shine through you. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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