In my younger days, I was taught a memorable lesson on the simplicity of being light in the world through a drill. I was on a flight to Nashville for training for my summer job doing mission work in the Tennessee mountains. Mountain TOP brings minor home repair to those in need, and I was excited to be a camp director for them that summer.
On the flight, I was chatting with the gentleman seated next to me. He was curious about the work I was going to be doing that summer. I described the projects we did and the families we helped. He asked about the challenges of the work. I mentioned that we never have enough power tools. We exited the plane and went our separate ways.
This was pre cell phones and pre Google. In fact, the internet was in its infancy. But, several weeks later a package arrived at church addressed to me. (I was employed there at the time.) I opened it up and found a drill. I was so confused. Then I realized that the address on the box was also an envelope.
The letter explained that the person I was sitting next to on the plane worked for the IRS. He had been walking through Walmart when saw the drill and thought of me. He knew the drill could do a lot of good that summer, so with a little digging he found my work address to send the drill.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, 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 in heaven. (Matthew 5-14-16 NIV).
The drill did a lot of good that summer and following summers. It serves as a powerful reminder of what it means to carry God’s light into the world. It doesn’t require a deep theological discussion. It is as simple as a drill. It is as simple as sharing my experience. It is a simple as sharing grace. It is as simple as being open to the opportunities in front of me.
I shared my experience. He sent the drill. Who was being light to who? Does it matter? His thoughtfulness has probably spread more light than my chattiness on the plane. The point is to keep the light going.
Do you have a drill in your life? How are you light to others? Who has been a light to you? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.