Not long ago I was teaching my son Matthew how to drive. Yikes! Here in Oregon we have many gray days and I told him that he needs to always have his headlights on even during the day. At first he was a bit cocky saying “I don’t need the lights, I see just fine. It’s not dark.” I told him, “during the daytime, especially on gray days, the lights are not to help you see but to help other drivers see you.” A few moments later we could see cars coming towards us and all but one had their headlights on. That one car was very hard to see since it was a gray day and the car was silver. Matthew was shocked that it was his friend driving the silver car.
When he got to school he told his friend how his car was so hard to see and how it blended in with the surroundings. Later that week it was a sunny day and I again reminded him to turn on his headlights. “Why? It’s so bright and sunny out.” I pointed out that when the sun is behind us it helps other drivers to see us which makes the road safer for us.
The phrase “Be safe, Be seen” was used many time. Sure enough, he started to agree that the ones with their lights on were noticeable, which made him an aware driver. I have met drivers who have this arrogant, “I don’t need light to see the road” mentality. They don’t think that other drivers would like to see their light. It is easier to gauge the speed of on coming traffic if their lights are on.
With my walk of faith I know that scriptures say that I must let my light so shine that people will see it. It does no one any good if the light is turned off. It also says that if the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, because this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe in case the light of the gospel should shine on them. For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts.
When I think of the word Radiate I picture light shining out 360 degrees as in all directions for everyone to see. A Radial pattern is one that appears to radiate from a point, like the spokes from the hub of a wheel. Our hope cannot radiate for other travelers in life if we refuse to turn on the light.
The bible is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path, that is enough for me to see clearly to walk in faith. I must radiate that light outward so those who stumble in darkness have light enough to see the hope I have when the world has little hope to offer them.