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Ruby’s in Paris – Thoughts on Chapter 7

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Today is MY TURN! Yea! I sent Ruby to the City of Light!

Woohoo! Today is my turn! Scroll down for the Pinterest Game Picture! Hope you’re doing well with that! You can bet I’m playing along!

I’ll hope you’ll visit these blogs and leave me a message!

Ah. Paris. The City of Light. You know light isn’t seen very well unless it’s surrounded by darkness. Light a satellite picture of the United States. The cities stand out much better in a nighttime picture than in one taken by day.

Think of a nighttime satellite picture as if it was a spiritual satellite. Each little pinpoint of light is a heart for God holding the flame of His Spirit. What would your “neighborhood” look like? Would your light shine bright and inspire others to light up? Would it attract those already glowing or does it barely flicker in the darkness surrounding it?

Be encouraged. If you’re light is part of a growing city on a hill, great job. But if it is struggling in a dark place, great opportunity. There’s nothing like pitch blackness to amplify every twinkle of light, so start sparking and shine on.

As I thought about darkness, I discovered several different types of spiritual darkness. You may have others. Please share them in the comments!

Self-Deception

I’m one of those lights. Living in the Bible belt, folks wouldn’t think I lived around the darkness, but everyplace holds its own special type of blindness. In my area, it’s the self-deception type. “Everyone’s going to heaven because God loves us.” Or “I’m a Christian because I go down to the church on Sunday.” This is a particularly dangerous darkness because these are folks who have heard the Word of God. They just haven’t really listened to what He says.

Apathy

This is another dangerous version of darkness. These people might be willing to believe in God, but they don’t want to put any effort into making a decision about living their lives for Him, or accepting His Son as their savior. “Let me think about this for a little while.” (That’s a seed just waiting to be smuggled away by some conniving bird!)

Hostility

This darkness can be painful to the believer, but a person passionately opposed to God can become a passionate proclaimer of truth when they realize Christ’s love for them.

Ignorance

There is a lot more of this darkness in America than we realize. The people suffering from this blindness have no idea of their malady and just wait for someone to enlighten them.

Religiosity

This darkness bears such bondage. Those chained in the shackles of this type of lifestyle are begging for the freedom that Christ offers, and they don’t even realize it.

I wanted so badly to show a video at this point of a song I learned years ago. It so speaks to this message, but I guess it’s not nearly as popular as I thought it was. The words, from my feeble memory went something like this:

Just one little flame in the darkness. Just one small flicker of light. Just one tiny glimmer of brightness dispelling the darkness of night. But, oh, what God did to the darkness with one little flicker of light. Oh, what He did with its brightness when it touched just one other light. No longer one light in the darkness. No longer just one tiny flame. Now the whole world’s aglow with His brightness since the Light of the World, Jesus came.

The song ends with a repeat of my favorite line: Oh what God did to the darkness! Can you hear the angels whisper that? I admit it inspires me.

Your Turn: What type of darkness do you see most often? What can you do to dissolve it?Paris altered

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom of 4 with the oldest a graduate of UT Dallas, now on a mission field in Africa. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “Ruby’s in Paris – Thoughts on Chapter 7

  1. Humanism is the darkness I have noted. It has elements of ignorance, hostility, and self deception. They are ignorant of the truth and hostile to anything that contradicts their self deception. They explain God away with intellectual mumbo jumbo. I pray that God will pierce that darkness.
    P.S. Have you been to Paris? This was well done.

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