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The Light Bends and Breaks




Rain is running down the roof, and gutters, down the creek and into the pond, washing away the last bits of yellow pollen from summer, as the beginning of winter moves into the South with cooler temperatures.


In the late afternoon, the sun to my back, I see the promise of long ago glowing above the trees. From Red to Indigo Blue an arch stretches across the sky in a spectacular display of color.  All those who see marvel at the sight.


“A rainbow, a rainbow!” the young and old call out to each other.

Water droplets fill the air catching the invisible pure light beam ­­– bending and breaking it apart, revealing all of the colors hidden within the beam.


And it is the bending and breaking of the light that causes the true glory of the beam to show.


Christ, part of the invisible God head, bent down and allowed His body to be broken apart, for His glory to show the greatest ­– His true colors show as He bent down to redeem the ones created in His image.


In our own lives there is always a point of bending and breaking.   It is in bending the knee, and breaking our will, that His light shines through us into the world.


Just as clouds darken above us, and rain falls on us, we lean on Him and then His light shines through us, and His Glory is seen by the world; and they marvel at the sight.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)


Linking with Multitudes on Monday, Graceful, The Wellspring, In, On and Around Monday 




Posted by Diane W. Bailey on September 30, 2012
18 Comments Post a comment
  1. 10/1/2012
    ro elliott

    hopping over from Ann’s….oh this whole thing is just beautiful…the pictures are stunning and the words are beautifully written…there is always beauty in Truth. Yes…our live broken so His light and beauty can shine through. thanks for this…blessings and may we shine His beauty today:)

    • 10/1/2012

      Thank you, Ro for the give of you comment! Our God is amazing in the beauty and lessons He surround us in!

  2. 10/1/2012

    Wow, Di – for the past 2 Sundays, I’ve closed my Bible study lesson with Matt 5:14-16. Then yesterday my pastor closed his sermon with it. Now YOU’re quoting it. And I already had it down as my memory verse for the week!

    Ok, I think I’ve got it: I am a light.
    I will try to shine, even in the bending and breaking 🙂

    • 10/1/2012

      Susan, I think God is probably confirming that you are doing it right! You are a light to me!

  3. 10/1/2012

    Your photos shout God’s beautiful magnificence! Every morning, the boys and I pray on the way to school – one leads with the 23rd psalm, one The Lord’s Prayer – another a proverb – and then I close with a prayer – asking they show the love of Jesus through their words or actions – oh, that they would shine into dark places!

    • 10/1/2012

      Blue, my husband prays the same thing over this family ” let us shine your light into the dark places”

  4. 10/2/2012

    those photos – literally breathtaking! i was thinking about the awesome power of the rain as my son and i drove through a blinding desert downpour night. there is a definite difference in perspective when experiencing that the storm from within and all around instead of seeing its beauty from afar, where you can see the whole picture.

    i noticed one of the tags was bowing the knee – have you ever heard the song “bow the knee?” it is one of my favorites!

    visiting from ann’s today and so thankful i popped over!

    • 10/2/2012

      Hi Richelle! Great to meet you, and thank you for popping by. I am so glad you did! I love watching a rain storm. Lying on the floor watching through a sunroom door is how I got my children over the fear of storms. Please come by and visit again sometime!

  5. 10/2/2012
    Mindy Bowman

    The photos are gorgeous Diane! I love them. 🙂

  6. 10/2/2012

    Oh, my goodness, Diane. These pictures are gorgeous! Remembering His promises with you, my friend.

    • 10/2/2012

      Thank You Laura. These pictures were taken as God heard the longings of my heart for His presence.

  7. 10/4/2012

    Wow! Did I need this message tremendously in the midst of PMSing! I knelt to pray this morning for the heaviness to be lifted and for his light to shine upon me. I got goosies as I look at your beautiful pics this morning that no matter our circumstances, God’s light can permeate through the darkest of moments. During times like this, it is hard for me to believe I can represent the “light of the world” when “people make me sick” (PMS), when I have a “puffy mid-section” (PMS), and when I’m experiencing “psychotic mood shifts” (PMS)!! Thankfully, you have reminded me ever so vividly that God can even use me (now that’s amazing!)… I think I’m gonna go shine that light on some folks today 😀

    • 10/4/2012

      Sweet Marisa, Thank you for your kind words, You have blessed me so much this morning. I am with you, PMS It’s the worst! But for some reason, God has a purpose for it – whether we agree or not. (Laughing) Go shine today, and stuff your pocket with chocolate to occupy your mouth when the people make you sick ( or at least thats what I do!) =)

      • 10/4/2012

        I absolutely LOVE what you do… I’m heading out for some Ghirardelli straight away 😀

      • 10/4/2012

        Marissa, Girl, you have made my day!

  8. 10/4/2012
    Terrie Atchison

    I think this last comment is too good. Diane, those of us who really know you, know you love Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares. I have been known to leave your house with one tucked in my pocket for later. I chuckle inside to think of you cramming the whole thing into your mouth to keep it from gushing the wrong thing when people make you sick. I know you use it instead to allow time for the sweetness to cover those first thought words with the loving ones you always offer. Just glad to know that the Holy Spirit can use powerful tools like dark chocolate!!!!

    • 10/4/2012

      Terrie,You are cracking me up! I have always said that I am not the sweet one – Doc is. So I need the sweetness of chocolate to help me! You know I love you like crazy! and Love you best when we can act crazy!


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