During Christmas break, my husband and I visited one of the tallest lighthouses in the U.S. Towering at 175 feet, it had been a beacon of safety and refuge to those shipwrecked from the turn of the century. We were fascinated with the design of the tower, but more so with the engineering that went into the interesting light itself. Designed by Fresnel in 1823, there were numerous prism panels at different angles to direct and amplify light for extremely long distances as brightly as possible. This beacon was there to warn sailors of dangers and to guide them to safety.
The tour guide told about one lighthouse keeper who had a heart attack and died part way up the dizzying number of steps when it was his duty make sure the beacon was lit. When the other lighthouse keepers , who were also on the grounds of Ponce Inlet noticed the light was not lit, one of them hurried to find out why. On his way up the steps, he found the head lighthouse keeper dead on the steps. He immediately took care of the light and carried his lifeless leader down the narrow spiral stairs. What could have been a disaster for ships and passengers was saved by an observant, faithful servant.
There are a number of things we can learn from the lighthouse and keeper:
We are called to be God's light in the world. We are not the source, but simply reflect and display the safe refuge of Jesus to others. Whether you are a pastor, teacher or the average person in the pew, may you shine brightly, confidently, and boldly in this dark world. You never know the affect God has on people through you.
May God bless you!
Passages to read:
Key passage is Matthew 5:14-16
For further reading
site to see: http://ponceinlet.org/index.cfm