Severe thunderstorms are a part of life in Eastern Iowa.  A few weeks ago we had a good one come through at about 1:30 in the morning, and it was strong enough to knock power out at our house.  Now, it was the middle of the night and I could have just gone back to sleep.  But since we can also be prone to flooding in this part of the world, I decided to get up and make sure our backup sump pump was working.

As I made my way from my upstairs bedroom to our downstairs furnace room, I was amazed by just how dark it was in our house.  Because the power was out, so was every light in our neighborhood.  Even the little LED light that we have in our hallway, and the glow from the clock on our stove.  The darkness was almost all consuming.  Without the light, there was only darkness. About 90 minutes later, power was restored and my trip back downstairs to make sure the main sump pump was operating again was so much easier!  The little LED light in the hallway was back!  The glow from the clock on our stove, glowing again!  Thanks to the little bits of light that were shining around my home, I was downstairs and back up again in just a minute or two.

Just like the lights around our homes that point the way in the darkness, you and I have an amazing privilege to be able to share the light of Jesus in the places he has placed us today. In Matthew 5 in the Bible, Jesus says “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lamp stand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Here at Life 101.9, we are grateful for the opportunity to Share God’s love with Eastern Iowa.  Recently we heard from April, who said:

“This year has by far been one of the hardest years of my life. On Easter Sunday my mom passed away, and within 2 weeks I lost my home, pets, and one of my best friends. I’ve heard the music on Life 101.9 many times before, but never as loud and clear as I have in the last few months. On the days I wanted to simply end my pain there was a voice on the radio reminding me that every tomorrow is worth the storm today. This station has been beyond helpful in helping me be able to reopen myself to God and life.” 

Isn’t it amazing that God gives us the opportunity to be a part of pointing people to Him?  God does the work, but he chooses to use you and me to be a part of it.  Just like that little LED light in the hallway, we have the privilege of leading the people around us to the hope we can only find in Jesus Christ.

Who knows what this week may hold for you.  As you move forward, though, perhaps the song some of us sang in Sunday School will come to mind…”This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!”

In Christ,

Matt Deane

Station Manager

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