For most of the country, the crisp cool air of autumn is upon us. A sure sign of autumn is that
Christmas decorations are popping up everywhere in retail stores. Halloween costumes and
disguises are selling out in stores as trick-or-treaters are ready to take over the streets. A
popular symbol of both harvest time and Halloween is the pumpkin. I was thinking recently that
being a Christian is a lot like being a pumpkin. Perhaps you are visualizing this orange, round
vegetable and wondering how you could ever be compared to one of these squashes! Simply
put, like a child chooses a pumpkin to carve and mold an image upon, so God carves and molds
His own unique design in you.
The Scriptures tell us that the Lord chooses us. He lifts us up and washes the dirt from our skin.
Then he opens us, connecting deep inside to scoop out all the slimy, yucky stuff, including seeds
of doubt, spite, lies, and fear. Then He carves a new creation, and makes our faces shine by
putting His light inside for all to see.
Sometimes I feel like I don't want my light to shine because I am ashamed of a thought or
action or pattern in my life. I try to hide the light Christ has put in me, and blend in with the
crowd. What I forget is that when God carved me, created me, and gave me His Son, I no longer
had to count on my own strength. I can count on the Lord's. It is He who washes me clean; it is
He who gives me a spirit of strength and perseverance; it is He who makes me pure; it is He
who frees me from sin; and it is He who gives me hope. When I realize that my part of the
equation is to rely on His strength and power, then I can do as Scriptures say, and shine His light
through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What starts as an everyday squash turns into a lantern of light. What starts as an everyday
person turns into a beacon of hope for all to see. Through our union with Christ, we are given
the light and wisdom of the Holy Spirit who enters and dwells in our lives. It is He who picked
you out and carved you just the way He wants you. So make sure you keep your lantern lit for
all to see.