“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” ~Genesis 2:7
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of capturing my church’s Easter outreach event. Our bold and faithful pastor decided to follow God’s leading him to close the church doors on Easter Sunday (the most visited day of the year for most churches) in favor of having service at the movies. We sang a couple songs led by our worship pastor and then watched the movie, “RISEN”. Some thought he was crazy, saying that God couldn’t move in a movie theater. Can I tell you that God knows no boundaries. He is not limited or constrained to a building. The church is made of people, not walls and doors. I am happy to say that God did indeed move and several made decisions for Christ that day…in a movie theater.
As I was standing to the side of the theater with my camera in hand, I noticed the way the spotlight shining on our worship pastor was catching the dust particles floating in the air. At first I thought man, it’s dusty in here, but then I thought “that would make a cool picture”. I played with my settings and clicked the shutter. Then I looked at the image and how I captured those little specks just right, and I thought “perfect”.Friends, we are dust. God formed man from the dust of the earth. Dust has no beauty on it’s own, but when you shine light through it, it’s made beautiful. We cannot shine on our own, but with God’s presence in our lives we become a reflector of His light and love. God is our Creator, and when he looks at the “image” of our lives He thinks we are perfect and beautiful. Those little particles of dust, so small and seemingly insignificant in such a dark space shown with such beauty when they were brought into the light. As believers, we are meant to shine in the darkest of places.
“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 Corinthians 4:6
“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” ~Matthew 5:14
What a beautiful and timely reminder of God’s promises and purpose for my life. No matter how the world may try to snuff out my light, I will choose to let it shine.