One of my favorite quotes is:
“Lighthouses don’t run all around the island looking for boats to save, they just stand there shining.”
There are so many lessons to be learned from this quote. We may have loved ones who are out in the stormy seas in one way or another. How often are we chasing all around trying to save them. They may or may not be paddling for shore. This is not something a lighthouse can control. If we are to represent the lighthouse, how much guidance can we give to those in the dark seas if we jump into the water with them? Is the lighthouse the destination or is the ultimate destination the island? Are we the Savior or are we to point the way to the Savior? Lighthouses are often battered by stormy seas. The only reason they don’t fall is because they are built upon the rock. We can best shine our light if our foundation is solid on the rock of the gospel. The lighthouse itself doesn’t do the shining. It is the source of power and light within that reaches through the foggy night to draw the lost sailors to safety. May we also recognize that it is only when we shine with the true source of power and light in Christ that we can be a guiding light to lost souls. These souls can then choose to find the light of Christ in their own lives and then stand as a lighthouse for others.