I’m thrilled beyond thrilled to introduce you to another friend of mine today on Woman2Woman Wednesday. Kate Motaung and I met through Five Minute Friday and she has since taken over as host of the weekly five-minute writing flash mob. Though we haven’t met in person (yet…), I just get the sense from her words and her hospitality through her online home that she would be the greatest person to sit down and mull over life and motherhood as sisters over a hot cup of coffee. I mean a hot cup of tea, as is the custom in her “other” home of South Africa. (I’m learning…really, I am.) Be sure to read her bio and check out her beautiful space where she writes weekly. Her words always stir me in the best way, because I leave changed and ready to make a change. xoxo
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have begun our descent. Please fasten your seatbelts, and return your seats and tray tables to their upright positions to prepare for landing.”
Even as the pilot’s voice came over the intercom, my eyes instinctively went for the tiny oval window. The sky was a brilliant blue all around, but a thick blanket of clouds was spread out below us. I knew we’d have to pass through that down comforter of cloud cover before we would reach our final destination, and I prayed that the turbulence in the midst of it wouldn’t be too severe.
It was January, and my husband, three kids and I had just left the sunny summer of South Africa to move to a cold and blustery Michigan winter.
As the aircraft broke through the dense layer of clouds to the scene below, we were greeted by nothing but grey. Dismal, flat, depressing grey. The contrast from just seconds before was shocking. I looked up as best as I could from my position in the plane, and it was impossible to see any hint of the blue that shone so radiantly above the clouds.
I looked down at the ant-sized people and the matchbox-sized cars scurrying about, completely oblivious to the light that existed beyond their view. Their vision was literally clouded and unable to see the light.
I had this urge to yell down to them, “It’s bright up there! It’s blue! It really is! You just can’t see it because of the clouds, but it’s there!”
It made me think of 2 Corinthians 4:4, which says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
And then I thought about the privilege that we have as Christians, to have not only a knowledge of the true Light, but to possess that very light within ourselves, purely by His grace.
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).
There was a time when we didn’t see it. We were covered by a blanket of clouds, unable to see His glory.
But God. He broke open the thick cover of clouds and let us see the blue skies that lie beyond this world.
1 Peter 2:9 tells us why He did it:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
That you may declare the praises of him …
This was a convicting passage for me to read, and caused me to ask questions like, how often am I verbally declaring the praises of him who called me out of darkness into his wonderful light? How often do I put my hands on the shoulders of another and tell them, “There’s Light up there! You can’t see it yet, but it’s there! It’s real, and it can be yours, too!”
Luke 11:33 is another convicting verse: “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.”
When I think about all the people in this world, in my country, in my town who haven’t yet seen the Light, I’m motivated to pray that God would help me to place my light on a stand, so that those who come near may find the same light beyond the clouds, and be saved from the gloomy grey.
Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to a South African, has three children, and spends her days relying on the Lord’s grace and chocolate. She writes for iBelieve.com and Ungrind Webzine, and has recently become the new host of Five Minute Friday. She can be found at her blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter @k8motaung.
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