In the words of Jane Austen, any "bloom" I ever had faded a long time ago. Some of this was the result of age and even, though I hate to say it, neglect. I was too busy with the business of living. What nature and carelessness didn't do, illness did. I look a lot more like that plain, rough burlap bag than what I care to admit. That's when I must remind myself that the burlap bag is not important. It is what is inside the burlap bag that matters.
I was at a womens conference at my church yesterday and we were each given a burlap bag. I opened up the burlap bag and inside it was a candle. I took it home and today, before writing this blog, I took the candle out of the burlap bag, set it on the window and lit it.
My candle is doing more than shining cheerfully on the window sill. You see, when the candle was lit, it released the beautiful scent locked away within it. The air around me is beginning to smell like gardenias. While I caught the scent faintly when I first opened up the package inside the burlap bag, it required the heat of the fire to release it more fully and allow it to penetrate the air in the room.
Though outwardly we may look or even feel a bit like a burlap bag at times, it is not the outside that matters so much as what is on the inside. God has transformed us into beautiful candles, designed to shine brightly and emit not only His light but fragrance into a dark, hopeless and dying world. Are we?
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
Since we recently got to see what a pretty bride you were, I am quite sure that you are being a little too modest here and that you are in fact a very beautiful despite perhaps investing your time in better and more fruitful things than hours of intricate hair 'n' makeup routines
Nevertheless, I love the point you have made about the little candle. If what is inside makes a fragrant offering to the Lord and shines out His light brightly for the world to see, this is what matters, not 'the bag'. And oh, oh! I got a gardenia candle last year and still remember how lovely it smelt! Mmm.
this little light of mine...
God bless, and thanks for this little waft of sweetness you've sent our way!
Your life has always given off a fragrant aroma of Christ and your inner beauty in Him is seen by the world. I'm so glad you got them candle and remember as the lyrics to an old John Michael Talbot song goes - "Even darkness can not quench the light!"
Hmm! Yes, I saw that one too, but I saw one of you in your album with two other ladies some time back, and during one of our email or chat conversations I asked you which one was you... and you -- nor the others -- certainly did NOT look like a burlap bag.
I just read this and thank you for the visual! It really encouraged me this morning, because last night I was feeling sad and a little worn. You reminded me that God is doing a work in me. Also I want to be that light that people see in the darkness. It excites me when I think about it, so thank you for that. Have a blessed day and Joyful day!
This morning in my devotion time, Jesus reminded me to "let my light shine." My focus for the day.
As women we seem to focus on the outward just a little too much. Thanks for the reminder! While I was reading, I experienced your moment with you. A quiet, tranquil moment of peace. Loved it!