Don’t Outrun Your Light
by Linda Suit
Several years ago, we visited Carlsbad Caverns and decided to take the "Left Hand Tunnel" tour. We were the only ones on the tour with a ranger guiding us. An elevator took us down, down, down about 700 feet below the earth's surface.
We each carried a lantern with a candle inside as our only light. No other light can penetrate that far below the surface, so without our candles, we would be in total
I was asked to lead the way, and carefully started out, placing each step so as not to disturb the natural beauty of the cavern. There were pools of water that had dripped far below the surface over hundreds of years, creating pools with tiny microorganisms growing in them.
We were in awe of the beauty far below the earth. Finally, we reached the end of the tunnel and blew out our candles so we could experience total darkness.
I was asked to again lead the way and started back toward the entrance. I held my candle out so I could see where to place my steps. About halfway back I suddenly heard a splash, and realized that I had lost my footing and had walked into one of the pools, disturbing the balance of nature the rangers had been so careful to preserve.
I had to walk several steps before I could get out of the pool, and was
embarrassed beyond words. The soft-spoken ranger simply said, "You outran your light didn't you?"
As long as we allow God to guide our steps and seek His will for our lives, we do not falter. When we become too sure of ourselves and try to make our own paths, we stumble and fall, sometimes causing harm to ourselves and others. Our gentle, loving Father picks us up, and again sets us on our path.
Psalm 119:105: "Thy word shall be a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Let God guide your path and show you His direction for your lives. Don't outrun your light!
Just Say Yes
Many years ago, we attended a large church in Atlanta. We were asked to go to Liberia on a mission trip. We had to give our answer by noon the next day. We prayed about it that night and decided to just say yes.
We realized we didn't even know where Liberia was, we both had to ask our employers for time off, and most importantly (we thought), we didn't have the money. We still said yes.
If God wanted us on the mission field, He would find a way. Amazingly, our bosses said yes, we started getting shots the next day, and we were off on our first mission trip to Liberia, W. Africa. That trip changed our lives. Missions and missionaries came alive to us. There are many stories I could relate but there is one other that is very meaningful to me.
A small church near Hot Springs, Arkansas was getting a team together to travel to Brazil. We quickly said yes. After I made the commitment, I realized this mission was quite different than others as they were construction and Bible study, but the focus of this one was evangelism.
I had a very difficult struggle within myself because I realized that although I had invited people to church, served as Outreach Director for a large church, traveled half way around the world on other missions, I really didn't know how to sit down with my Bible and lead someone to make the most important decision of their lives—to become a Christian.
I quickly turned to our Pastor, and he sat down with me and patiently guided me through what I needed to know. Still, I was very troubled that I might not know enough to go to Brazil and do the Lord's work.
I started questioning myself that maybe I should not go, that they needed someone more qualified. I now know that God doesn't necessarily call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
When we were in Brazil, one day things were not going well on our visits and we decided to split up into groups. We and our interpreters walked around a corner, and there was a fruit stand. Suddenly I had a craving for the little sugar bananas.
I walked over, picked out a few, and gave them to my husband to pay for. I was drawn to one of the men at the stand and began to share Jesus with him. He, with tears in his eyes, said that he had a disabled son and couldn’t attend church.
He had been waiting for years for someone to share how he could become a Christian. Sadly, he lived only a few blocks from a church, and God used me, traveling thousands of miles, to share my faith with him. That day he accepted Christ. That day the team nicknamed me the Banana Baptist.
Another day we were invited to a children's ward at the hospital. When we got there, we were told we couldn't see them and instead found ourselves in a Bible study group.
I couldn't help being frustrated wondering why we were spending our precious time talking to a group of Christians. I shared my testimony with them. The next day we went back, and again found ourselves in the same Bible study...with many more attending. My husband went over the passages in the Bible, telling them how to lead others to Christ and we had five people accept Christ IN A BIBLE STUDY GROUP!
I believe we should all JUST SAY YES to Jesus before we know what the question is. He will equip you, go with you, and give you the strength to endure situations you never thought possible. If I had listened to my fears, there are several people in Brazil that may have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel. When I see those faces, I think if I had said no, they might be spending an eternity in Hell, instead of Heaven.
Commit to JUST SAY YES. God will do great things through you.
Acts 1:8: ..."and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth".
The Ultimate Harvest
One year we planted a huge garden, prepared the soil, planted the seeds, watered, weeded, and nurtured. The plants began to grow, then we went away for over two weeks. When we came back weeds had overtaken the garden.
In such a short time, it looked as if our work was almost lost, but row by tow, we began to weed, much of the time spent on our knees, pulling weeds from our crops. It seemed that the task was endless.
After several rows, I became discouraged, almost giving up. The weeds seemed to be growing faster in the rows ahead of me than I could pull them out, and it seemed hopeless. The weeds were choking out our plants, stifling their growth. It would have been so easy to just quit, but all the crops would have been lost.
Are you allowing weeds to overtake your life, keeping you from growing in your spiritual walk? Planting seeds is the easy part, but in order for them to grow, they must be carefully tended, day by day.
We are all called to be gardeners for God, planting seeds, nurturing them, and watching them grow, ready for the ultimate harvest, being picked up in God's loving hands.
Don't neglect your "garden", tend it with loving care, pour the word of God on it daily, and don't give the weeds a chance. Pull them out quickly and cast them away.
Our loving Lord went to the garden, despairing over what He knew he must do, but willingly gave himself up to the cross for us, so there would be an ultimate harvest for God's kingdom. If but one seed grows that we have planted in God's name, it is worth it all.
About the Author
Linda Suit is a city girl turned country. A travel agent by trade, she and her husband, Jerry, live in rural Arkansas with their animals including an amazing pet squirrel, Spunky Doodle.
Spunky has brightened the lives of many with her stories. She is quite a character and definitely lives up to her name of Spunky.
Linda has traveled the world. Her passion for missions comes alive in her stories from remote areas. She will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings.
Come along and share the adventures. It has been an amazing journey.
You can read Linda’s “Spunky Tales” column on the 2nd Saturday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.