The lighthouse is is such a cool sight to see. Especially today in the time of incredible technology like radar, sonar, satelite, and GPS. We don’t think about lighthouses much anymore but when we see one, at least for me, it brings feeling of comfort. It’s kind of hard to explain but I just love the oportunity to see one up close and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to stand in the top of a couple and look out across the water. The sound of the waves cresting and splashing against the rocks. The taste of salt on my lips and the feel of the crisp air on my face is just so relaxing and amazingly peacefull.
Lighthouses have been around for centuries and served a couple of very important roles. In the early years it marked the entry of a port. A place where weary travelers could find rest and refuge from storms. A place where merchants could find business and prosperity. A place to resupply and recharge before setting back out to sea on a long journey. Later it was also used as a warning of danger. A beacon that warned mariners of eminent danger. It was a visual voice in the night illuminating certain destruction. Before the age of electricity it was a fire built on a platform high on a hill or cliff and sometimes in the harshest of conditions and locations in the darkest of nights.
The lighthouse represents a safe place and refuge as well as a warning symbol. It stands tall no matter the weather and doesn’t falter or shrivel from adversity. It’s built on solid rock and doesn’t shake. It guides toward shelter and provision and away from danger and destruction.
Will we be a lighthouse? A place of refuge and provision. A safe place for the weary and hurting. Will our words bring courage to the frightened and blessing to the distraught? Will we also be a warning of danger? A guide away from the things that bring hurt and suffering. Will our words speak truth in love to help those who are lost and headed toward the jagged rocks turn away from destruction and toward life and living. Will we stand in the harshest of conditions to be that lighthouse, willing to endure the cold and the storms and even the darkness so that others may live?
Make sure you are built on solid Rock. The Rock. So that you can withstand the storms and be that beacon. Be a lighthouse wherever God puts you.
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14 NKJV