Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining—they just shine. D.L. Moody. They are worldwide sentinels. For thousands of years they have stood on barren shores the world over and guided the spreading hands of trade, keeping unknown seafarers and their precious cargoes safe in the night.
One of the strongest images of standing strong in a storm is the lighthouse. In the era before radar, satellite navigation and GPS systems, lighthouses were vital to protect ships from crashing onto rocks and shores. Since the beginning of seafaring, families and friends have lit bonfires at night to guide sailors home.
A lighthouse has the internal function of generating light. Early lighthouses used a fire that had to be constantly fed and watched. Later electric lights were utilized and ultimately laser lights. But the light still has to be internally projected.
Believers project internal light as the outer expression of the inner life under the control of the Holy Spirit.
The modern lighthouse also has an external reflector. Revolving lenses reflect that internally generated light further into the darkness. Christians are to reflect the light of the Son in a world of darkness.
God’s love, like the bright shining beam of a lighthouse, reaches out to pierce through the darkness of any storm. Being our Lighthouse, He offers the light of direction to lead us out of darkness. He is a faithful, unwavering light to follow.
"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." John 12:46
Do you occasionally feel like a helpless ship tossed about with huge waves crashing overhead? Are you going through storms? Searching for purpose? Wanting to deepen your relationship with God? What could possibly provide more comfort than the reassuring glow of The Lighthouse promising to be for you, “A light to guide you safely home”?
"The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1