No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16
Bar Harbor, Maine, has been a national treasure on our Atlantic coast for generations and a must-see for anyone visiting Maine. Years ago, this small coastal community on Mount Desert Island became a fashionable retreat for wealthy families seeking to escape hectic city living. Several stately “cottages” and grand hotels still remind visitors of Bar Harbor’s lavish past. Life dramatically changed when a devastating wildfire swept through the town in 1947. In a little less than three hours, the fire razed 170 homes, dozens of cottages and five historic hotels.
Today the restored town is filled with visitors like myself, drawn by the scenery, shops, the famous lobster rolls, hotels and Acadia National Park. One of the most popular attractions is a lighthouse boat tour along the majestic coastline, giving visitors an up-close look at whales and the area’s five historic lighthouses. My personal favorite among them, Bass Harbor Head Light, was warning sailing ships away from the rocks as early as 1858.
The image of a lighthouse with its bright beam cutting through darkness and fog, has always been a compelling metaphor of the Christian life. And Jesus has called us to be messengers with light in our eyes. Because we’ve experienced forgiveness from sin, companionship with God and the hope of heaven, we ought to be the most joyful, lighthearted men and women in all the world. Messengers with light in their eyes are those with news they can’t wait to tell others.
The world we occupy today has all the disappointment, cynicism and negativity it can bear. What I want people to see in me is a messenger filled with light so that I might somehow bring hope into their day.
To view my visits to beautiful bar harbor click the links: http://emiling.com/photos/bar-harbor-acadia-national-park http://emiling.com/bar-harbor-and-acadia-national-park and http://emiling.com/sunday-in-maine-2