A Guest Post by: Mari-Jan Sieradzki
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5 NIV)
I love this little crystal heart hanging in a window in our home. The light from the sun emerges from the crystal splitting it into individual beams of color. The beams bounce freely like a kite on a windy day, enjoying the ride and the freedom to dance in the sky. When it’s sparkling clean the colors are vivid and plentiful.
This crystal heart reminds me of the potential of my heart. It’s designed to receive light and refract it out as beams of color onto whatever or whoever is around me. I didn’t design it that way it’s the work of the magnificent Creator of light. (Genesis 1:3 NIV)
When I present myself to the Creator of light He cleanses my heart and it becomes transparent.
The more transparent my heart, the greater His glory is seen and reflected to all.
A transparent heart has nothing to hide because darkness is not present. Trust can grow. Relationships are bountiful, and full. A transparent heart is honest and willing to be open and vulnerable, and experiences freedom and purpose. Transparent hearts don’t align or define themselves with fear or darkness; they align themselves with the Light.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NIV)
Jesus, you are the light and in you is no darkness. Thank you for creating my heart to reflect You. Help me today to align my heart to You and Your ways, not mine.
What scripture, words or phrase in the devotional, resonated with you? Take a few minutes to let that settle in your heart. Write it down or say it aloud. Find an object like a prism or mirror and place it as a reminder of a transparent heart.
Mari-Jan Sieradzki, M.A. serves as a Pastoral Counselor and ordained Sr. Chaplain. She is trained in Inner Healing Prayer and Formational Prayer. Mari-Jan produced a CD, “Sanctuary” a Christian meditative tool to minister to the spirit, soul and body. Over the years she has written numerous devotionals, Bible curriculum, songs, and is currently working on her first novel. Her website is BelovedCottage.com