As a general rule we don’t drive at night. Why is that? Well, several reasons really. One is that the roads are full of pedestrians, bicycles, motorcyclists driving like bicyclists, animals, carts, dala-dala (public transportation mini-vans) coming in and out of traffic, etc. Basically an obstacle course! People here have little to no exposure to actually driving behind the wheel of a vehicle so they don’t understand how hard it is to stop on a dime as they dart across the road. They don’t realize how hard it is to see someone walking, or the vendors selling their wares on the side of the road.
People here believe that if they turn on their headlights it will use up precious gas, so they wait until it is absolutely necessary to turn them on – obviously not as soon as I think it is absolutely necessary! Therefore, it is very difficult to navigate the roads and avoid hitting another car, or heaven forbid, a person.
Recently, however, I found myself driving home from a ladies retreat just as the sun was setting. As I drove the hour to our house I thought of how a simple headlight can pierce the darkness and shed light on the way. If only they would turn on their headlights I could see them and the people walking around. It was then that the Lord reminded me of the verse in Luke 8:16:
"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth
it under a bed; but sitteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in
may see the light."
We as Christians have the light of the gospel. Is my light, is your light, shining in this dark world and showing the Way, or is it under a basket? It's good to ask ourselves, "If someone looking at my life were asked if I was a Christian, would they know?" As we examine our hearts, can we honestly say our life exemplifies Philippians 2:15? I surely pray so!
"That ye may be blameless and harmless,
the sons of God, without rebuke, in the
midst of a crooked and perverse
nation, among whom ye shine as
lights of the world;"