light in the dark

No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.  – Luke 8:16

I live in Atlanta, Georgia.

I was driving home this evening on I-85S with my two children, ages 6 and 3.  My 6-year old can read.

Using the ‘blank’ side of a high-rise office building as its canvas and done in true Batman signal projection style was a two word offense against our newly named President Elect.  My son looked up from his Trolls toy and stared at the projection as traffic slowed – I wanted to rush past this, but as I stated, I was in Atlanta traffic. From the front seat, I could hear him trying to negotiate sounds together and when I looked back I could see him softly pressing his upper front teeth into his bottom lip slowly forming the “f” sound and puzzled at how the “u” would sound with it.

I thanked God that traffic began to move and that he went back to playing with his Trolls toy before he could sound it out correctly or ask me what it said.

The sting of the election began to fade for me by Thursday afternoon. By Saturday morning, I felt a peace and a hope in knowing that even this monumental worldly event was temporary.  With an understanding that others were still hurting or deeply troubled by last weeks election results, I prayed for the sincere compassion to comfort friends and to understand their grief.

The sign on the building my son saw tonight was motivated by hate. To be honest, it was surprising to see that obscenity projected so boldly.

The shock of the election has lit a fire inside of me I doubt I would have realized had it gone the other way. I have said to friends (and I do not mean to be flip) that God is not taken off guard by any of this.  If nothing else, we have an incredible and awesome opportunity to be light in a dark world. We have the hope of introducing someone to the true source of peace and security that they were looking for in government.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance that face that is set before us…”  – Hebrews 12:1