Just as sunflowers are drawn to the day’s light for needed energy and strength, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 says we must also follow the Son, for He will ensure we never lose sight of God and our focus on the things that are worthwhile.
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ʻŌlelo hou maila ʻo Iesū iā lākou, ʻī maila,
ʻO wau nō ka mālamalama o ke ao nei:
ʻo ka mea e hahai mai iaʻu,
ʻaʻole ia e hele i ka pouli, akā,
e loaʻa iā ia ka mālamalama e ola ai.
– Ioane 9:12
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,
“I am the Light of the world;
the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness,
but will have the Light of life.”
– John 8:12
He manaʻo o ke kahu
Have you ever watched a young sunflower? The blooms always face the sun throughout the course of the day; facing the east in the morning and following the sun until it sets in the west. At night, the blooms return to their original position to begin the tracking of the sun once more. Scientists learned that the different sides of the stem grow at different rates which makes the plants turn and track the path of the sun.
We too have the greatest growth when we face THE SON, the light of the world. Being in the light reveals our areas that need to be overcome to get us right with ka Haku, so we can be free to live in Him. But we must focus in on the light so we can remain in the light. When we stray towards the darkness, we lose sight of God and our focus on the things that are worthwhile, those things that will cause us to grow. Stay in the light and we are changed into the people he desires us to be.
Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest, was spreading the gospel to the native peoples in Central America. He needed to travel by foot and would rise early to get to the various villages he would teach in. He headed out in the dark, going west. As he came across folks headed in the opposite direction, he noticed they had a glow about them. Their faces were beaming, and as they approached him, they smiled and greeted him warmly. He turned to watch them walk on and saw that the glow was caused because they were walking toward the east, or towards the sun.
As we walk in the light, we will have the glow of the Son shining through us so we can be lights in this world. Matthew 5:16 tells us, “Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” So, let us glorify the Father by remaining in his light, being filled with him, serving him by helping the world around us. And may God be pleased and praised by our deeds.
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