When I woke up a few weeks ago, the word incandescent popped into my mind. The first thought after that was lightbulb. I began to bring back to memory what I might have learned way back in school the origin of
the lightbulb and what made it work. Sad to say the only information that came into my mind was Thomas Edison. I had a friend share with me several years ago that we don’t have to remember what we can look up. Well that may work in some situation
like this one or a friend’s phone number or address. But it does not work well for many things that we need to remember.
So, I did what I most often do. Turn
to the information cyber highway (aka the internet) and researched to find what I had forgotten. Here is the basic of what I found. While Edison was the first to invent the light bulb, he was followed by Joseph Swan and Hiram Maxim. They came along
and took Edison’s progress and expanded it to work better and longer at producing light.
Well enough about that. I found out that in simple terms an incandescent bulb has built into it
a tungsten filament. When an electric current pass through the filament, it heats up to a temperature that produces light. Ahhh. . . so now the lightbulb when off in my spirit.
I discovered there are 229 references to light. Some meaning brightness; others meaning luminous, while others mean coming into a revelation or understanding.
This is something I can relate to on a spiritual level about light. In John 8:12 Jesus says I am the light of the world. The Greek word here is phos which
means to shine or make manifest especially by rays. Our word phosphors comes from this derivative of phos.
In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus said to His followers “You
are the light of the world. A city on a hill. The same Greek word is used.
Before the lightbulb was invented, sources of light used were oil lamps and candles. Both
gave off light using fire. Maybe you are wondering where this is going. Stay with me. An incandescent bulb needed a source of heat to make light. Jesus is the Light and we are to be light just like He is.
What could be the source of heat to make us light like Jesus. I suggest it is fire. Jesus told His disciples that they would be baptized with the Holy
Spirit and Fire. But unlike the power of electricity that heats the tungsten in the incandescent bulb to produce light, the power of the Holy Spirit sets our hearts ablaze for the Glory of God to be revealed. Perhaps we need the wind of the Holy Spirit to blow on the embers in our heart and set us afire again for His Glory so that we would be the light of the world. A city set on
Catch the Fire of the Holy Spirit and let your light shine!!
~~~~From my to Yours~~~~Andrea