After the Movie Starts

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you. And the nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about, and see...then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and rejoice. Isaiah 60:1-5 (The New American Standard Bible)

At the close of a recent Sunday morning service we sang, “This Little Light of Mine.” I guess it’s been one of my favorite songs since childhood. The words also brought another reminder from the distant past. In the 1950’s, motion picture theaters employed ushers to assist people in finding a seat in the dark after a movie had started. I remember showing my ticket stub to an usher and then being led down the isle to a row with vacant seats. The usher, with eyes adjusted to the dim light, guided my footsteps by shining a flashlight behind her to light my path down the isle. The service was greatly appreciated, especially since it saved me some embarrassment by not having to grope my way along rows of seats or tripping over people who were already enjoying the entertainment.

So the question that comes to mind as I write this thought is why not be an usher in life? With eyes already trained to discern shapes and pitfalls in the darkness that surrounds us, and holding the Light of the World in our hands, why not point it in a direction beneficial to those who are still groping for peace and security in life? After all, the price of admission has already been paid, so checking ticket stubs isn’t part of the job description. Just think, if everyone was an usher and all held flashlights that were turned on, it wouldn't be dark anymore!

Lord help us to lift up our eyes and be radiant in your light. Amen.