glow (verb): give out steady light without flame
Anyone who has watched Coming to America will totally get the title reference and if you haven't watched Coming to America, we can't be friends. I kid... you not! No, I really do kid. But you have to watch the movie - if only to understand the soul glo'! The soul glo' refers to the hair glow of some of the characters of the movie. As you know, jerry curls ruled the 80's and what Coming to America teaches us is that, you can only get your hair glowing from Soul Glo'. If your hair didn't shine, well, that was a problem.
I digress. This post isn't an ode to Soul Glo', but rather, a call to glow. For God. There are so many references to light in the Bible and Matthew 5:14 tells us we are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. This means that when we carry the Spirit of God, we need to shine. In Exodus 34:29, after spending time in God's presence, Moses' face shone (radiated, glowed, sparkled) and everyone then knew he had been in God's presence. I have a friend who always tells me you can always tell when someone has spent time in God's presence because they have a certain look. Those who fast and wait on God also have a certain look which I am sure we have seen and experienced. The most common of these is weight loss. After fasting for a long period, your body seems to naturally detox and you generally appear fresher.
There is another thing to look out for and that is the glow. This is no ordinary glow. It's not a pregnancy glow. It's not a glow that can be dimmed and it definitely isn't a Soul Glo'! Have you ever had someone compliment you on your positive aura or demeanour? I mean, I get that ALL the time*! Seriously, even during my tough seasons where God is working on me, I've had people tell me of the light that they see shining all around me and the glow I always seem to have regardless of what I have going on in my life. It pleases me no end because it confirms God is with me. That's the way it's supposed to be. One prayer I pray frequently is that God's glory should shine through me and His light in me should be seen by all so I thank God that my light is not hidden.
I'm sure we all have the glow but sometimes it's hidden by the thorny bushes of life. Well, no more! Let your light shine. Talk to God! Worship God and let His light radiate all over your face like it did for Moses. It's meant to be that way. Let people see God's glory when they see you and your life will be a testimony. Amen!
* Please pray for me guys - I clearly have a mean case of braggadocio. Can't help it.