Galatians 3:28 – There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
1 Samuel 16: 7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’
Apparently this will be the third post in a series of entries on lighthouses. I’m pretty sure it will be the last one. I say it that way because I wasn’t expecting this particular subject to come up, but it has.
Being from Virginia, you tend to see a specific size of lighthouse – a tall, cylinder tower like the Currituck Light I wrote about in a previous post. However, they aren’t the only ones that function as a beacon for those in trouble. Since being in New England, I have been able to see lighthouses from a different perspective.
I know what you are thinking. “Didn’t Linda already know this?” Yes, Linda did already know this, however experiences are giving me the opportunity to look at lighthouses with that different perspective; a new understanding. I guess it’s like scripture. You read certain scripture once and it means one thing to you. Then years later, you read it again and it means something completely different. Why? Because of experience.
My experience has allowed me to develop a deeper understanding how lighthouses came to be. That understanding includes the fact that lighthouses are designed specifically for the area in which they serve. The coasts of the Southeast need those tall, slender towers. There is further distance between the lighthouses so the height allows them to be seen. That’s not the case in New England. Here, the lighthouses are closer together. So the coastlines can do with shorter lights and since the coasts are rockier, they need more protection, thus more lights.
I would imagine that is the case in all regions. I haven’t been to all of them (yet) to be able to prove that, but common sense tells me that is true. Lighthouses are developed specifically for certain areas and will serve best on the coasts that they are designed for. What I also know is what remains consistent with lighthouses. What is consistent is the purpose – the light that shines in the storm. That is the HEART of the lighthouse. The Beacon is the Heart and Soul.
Isn’t that what God said? What matters most is the HEART. Don’t ever let the storms take away your heart. Don’t ever let the experience of life diminish the light that God has placed in you. As you can surely see, it doesn’t matter what you are to Jesus Christ, it matters WHO you are. God gave us the light that shines from our heart and soul. God is the one that gave us that heart and nobody can take it away, no matter how hard they try. All that matters to Jesus Christ is the heart and it’s that heart for God that shines above any storm. Don’t let anybody tell you different.
So yeah, I now see lighthouses with a different perspective and a new understanding. Do you?