Thinkin’ About Searchlights

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Thanks to Deb del Villar for writing today’s post. Deb writes articles encouraging grandparents at

Here’s something to share with your kids the next time you see a searchlight.

Searchlights piercing the darkness with a blinding light. Whether they are drawing your attention to something fun like a fair, festival, or public event or advertising for the area car dealership, you cannot help but notice them. They illuminate the dark skies with brilliant light, exposing things otherwise not seen.

Historically, searchlights were used by the military for a variety ot tasks. Most commonly they were used to detect the enemy, track targets, locate attacks, defend and engage the enemy. Also they were used to signal others and assist in helping landing parties. Today law enforcement still uses search lights for the purpose of detecting, locating, and illuminating the enemy.

Did you know God uses a searchlight too? His is the most powerful one ever – more powerful than any humanly made search

light. In fact it can even look into the hearts and thoughts of a person.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there by any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”                                                   Psalm 139:23-24

God’s searchlight is His Word! It pierces deeply to the dividing of the soul from the spirit, the joints from the marrow. It is far reaching and focused as it looks deep within our heart and even into what we are thinking. God’s Word draws attention to any wicked or grievous way. One translation calls it offensive or hurtful. God’s Word will point out anything that will offend Him. We can and sadly do offend God. We grieve the Holy Spirit. May we allow God’s searchlight to detect, locate, and illuminate any and every enemy (sin) lurking in the recesses of our heart and mind. When His Word brings it to light, may we turn from it and follow God on the path He has lit for us. A path that leads to everlasting life!

Next time you see a searchlight scanning the skies, share these thoughts with your children.

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