Bluegrass music is one of my favorite genres of music and the “David Crowder Band” version of I Saw the Light is extremely entertaining. But more than being entertaining the song reminds us that at one point, rather, at many points in life we sin and it is the light and grace of God that can come into our lives and reshape the way that we live. God’s love is big and God’s love is all encompassing. It is a love that can reshape the most misshapen lives; lives that we believe are completely forsaken. This song reminds us that without God we wander aimlessly through life seeking that which is, ultimately, not life giving. Without God’s light we live in darkness. A night that causes us to see the world through a shaded veil.
So, walk into God’s light today. Allow the love of God to envelope all of who you are and all that you do this day, and be encouraged that the light of God can come upon your life.
Peter puts on his clothes, jumps over the boat, and swims to shore so that he can embrace his Lord. After the disciples eat the fish prepared by Jesus on a charcoal fire, Jesus asks Peter three times “do you love me.” Each time Peter replies ‘yes Lord,’ and then Jesus instructs him “Feed my Lambs,” “Tend my Sheep,” and “Feed my Sheep.” The charcoal fire probably reminds Peter of his denial of Jesus because when Peter denied Jesus he was standing next to a coal fire. But that does not matter now, for Peter was in darkness and has now seen the light that is the risen Christ. On this day Jesus charges Peter to go forth and proclaim the good news of Christ.
This is where seeing the light is not quite good enough. Don’t get me wrong seeing the light is amazing; it is essential, but we cannot stop with our seeing of the light we are charged to spread the light. Maybe there was a moment when God came into your life a moment when you remember the presence of God being particularly evident. What did that moment smell like, what do you remember that moment tasting like, what did that moment sound like? When Peter smelled the charcoal and heard the three questions from Jesus “do you love me,” he remembered the moment when he denied Jesus, but from that point on when he smelled charcoal he remembered the risen savior beside the sea. And when he remembered that moment he remembered that he is called to spread the love of Christ: to share the light that has come into his life and reminded that just seeing is not enough.