Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Broken Little Lamp

Once there was a little lamp. This little lamp was not very ornate. It had a simple white lampshade. Its stand was very plain. It base was flat. However, it did have a very bright bulb that its Maker had given it.

The lamp stood alone inside a very dark room with no windows or other sources of light. People came from all around because of the light produced by the little lamp. The little lamp was happy that people were able to come to the light, but mostly it was happy because it was the lamp that was giving the light.

After a while, the Maker started putting other lamps in the room. Some of them were not as bright as the little lamp, but some were brighter. Some were plainly designed like the little lamp, but some were more ornate and colorful. Eventually, the whole room was full of light and the little lamp didn't feel very special any more.

So one day, the little lamp decided it wanted to be more colorful, so it stole the lampshade from one of the other lamps. "That was a gift from my Maker!" the other lamp contended. "I'll make good use of it," the little lamp replied. What it meant was "better" use of it, but it didn't want to sound prideful.

However, the colorful lampshade didn't do the little lamp any good because people still didn't notice a single lamp amidst a room full of lamps. So the little lamp decided to wobble around. Since none of the other lamps were doing that, it thought that surely this would get it attention.

And it did. For a while, any time someone new came in the room, they would be drawn immediately to the little wobbling lamp because they had never seen anything like that before. They brought their friends to see the wobbling lamp.

But after a while, people wanted to look at the other lamps in the room. The little wobbling lamp didn't like this and so it would wobble toward the people and bump into them. The people didn't like this and one of them finally took the lamp and tossed it across the room, cracking its base.

The little lamp was angry because it couldn't wobble anymore and now it also couldn't stand up straight and tall like it used to. In its anger, it cried out to the Maker to fix its base.

The Maker, though, knowing exactly what had happened smiled compassionately and said, "I've given you a bright bulb to shine in that dark room. That is the reason I made you. I didn't make you with a colorful lampshade because you don't need it. I didn't make you to wobble around because that's not useful. I made you to be a light in a room so that people can find the room, not you."

"But He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough--always available--regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. - 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 (AMP)