I read somewhere, that on a dark night, the human eye can see the flame of a single candle from a distance of up to 30 miles. At the time, I found this fact difficult to believe. A few nights ago, as I lay awake in the middle of the night, the glow from a tiny LED light changed my mind. It was amazing to me that this tiny light, almost imperceptible by day, seemed to illuminate my entire room at night.
I thought about this little LED light the next morning as I drove to work. Weary and sleep deprived, the morning quickly became one of those where nothing seemed to go right and everything seemed to annoy me. By the time I reached my office, my mood was dark and gloomy and I was sure that the entire day would follow suit.
Fortunately, I have been blessed with some special friends in my life. They seemed to know, some even from great distances, that I needed their help. Within minutes, I began to receive text messages, emails and even a personal visit. All of these messages were filled with words of kindness, support and encouragement. With each message, my mood, and my day seemed a little lighter, a little brighter.
It occurred to me, that my friends are like the flame of that single candle shining in the darkness. They are like that tiny LED light. They are there for me in good times and in times of light. But it is during my darkest and most difficult times that they seem to shine even more brightly, more brilliantly, and illuminate my way.
I am glad that our Heavenly Father uses us to bring His light to the lives of others. I am thankful for the people that He has sent into my life. I am grateful for the friends, family and even strangers that have helped to light my way through their kindness and compassion.
I will try to remember the flame of that single candle and the glow of that tiny LED light. I will remember that even the smallest acts of kindness can help to light the way of those walking through dark and difficult times.
I will remember these things, seek after my Heavenly Father’s help, and do my best to be that light whenever and wherever it is needed.