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Seeds of the Kingdom

Glow in the Dark

by Gemma Gardner

17 October 2023

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“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12, ESV

I had a birthday recently, and some members of the family gave me some money and a gift voucher so that I could buy what I wanted.  For some time, I had been looking at some knitting yarn online and really wanting to buy it, but felt it was too expensive. But now I had the money and voucher, I decided to get the yarn.

When it arrived a few days later, it looked a nice colour, but nobody would know it was so special, at least, not until they saw it glowing in the dark. Yes, it really does glow - all night if it absorbs enough light beforehand.  So now I am knitting a glow blanket, which will come in very useful in a dark room.

I was thinking about Jesus’ words above when He said He is the light of the world (John 8:12). He promised that, if we follow Him, we will have light for life and will not walk in darkness. Jesus also said that we are the light of the world, “You are the light of the world ... Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14 & 16).

Paul wrote these words in Romans 12:11, (and I love the Amplified version), ‘Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavour; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord’. What a challenge! I have to admit that I am not always aglow and full of zeal.

I think there is only one way forward, and that is to keep my eyes on Jesus, walk in the light with Him, and do what He tells me to do.

You may feel quite ordinary, like my yarn, which looks ordinary in the light. But be encouraged. As the world gets darker, as my yarn does, you will shine. You will shine with the light of Jesus, as you follow Him. My yarn doesn’t really glow in half-light, but shines brightly in the dark, if it has taken in enough light.

And we will glow, as we gaze on the glory of our Lord, ‘And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit’ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Gemma Gardner lives in Norfolk with her husband, Dean, who until recently worked at Ellel Grange. They are both part of the Associate Ministry team which Gemma joined after completing the Modular school. Gemma has experienced the Lord`s healing and restoration over many years and longs to see Him healing other broken people. Gemma loves listening to music, cooking, knitting and crochet as well as outdoor exercise. She enjoys playing guitar and singing worship songs.


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