My daughter as of late has been really into planning these elaborate plays. The most recent is about Daniel and the Lions' Den. The whole family gets to be involved, so we all have our special roles.
My husband gets to be Daniel, you know, the lead. My daughter gets to be the angel that closes the lions' mouths in the lions' den (which I'm sure has nothing to do with her getting to wear an angel costume). Her younger brother gets the be the lion in the den, which seems very fitting for the three-year-old-spitfire. The baby of course is the king--I'm sure he'll do great?
My roll you ask? I get to be the person that shines the flashlight on Daniel's (my husband's) head while he is speaking. (I would like to interject here and point out that I am the more animated story reader in this house. I even do voices and stuff. I'm not sure why I was deemed only capable of holding a flashlight!)
But why does Daniel need a light shone on his head?
"So that you know that God is in him while he is speaking."
I love seeing how my children think about our Heavenly Father. It makes perfect sense that God would be light because He is the light of the world!
1 John 1: 5-7, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
Can people see a (flash)light on you in your everyday life? Can they see that you have God in you? What about your children? Do they see you being a Godly example? What about your coworkers? Do they see you walking a Christian walk?
I wish I could answer with a resounding "YES!" but the truth is, I can't always. I have so many moments and days that I am not a shining example of God's love. There are times one might even want to know what is in me so that they don't get the same thing. Fortunately for us, through Baptism, through Christ's death on the cross, through our Heavenly Father's unmatchable love, we have forgiveness and salvation. We have a truth that surpasses all understanding. We have God's light shining on us.
A Light that saves us, no flashlight (or anything) needed.