Monday, August 08, 2022

A Bright Light


While in Las Vegas a few weeks ago I had an interesting encounter. At the end of a long day of therapy, I walked out into the evening heat. I was looking forward to a quick meal and a visit with my husband. A man I'd never met was waiting for AAA to help him with a flat tire. He and the doctor were standing in the parking lot visiting. The doctor introduced us and then went on his way. 

While I waited for my husband and he on AAA, we had a brief chat. I'd never met the man who was also a patient at the clinic. He seemed very nice, and we visited for a few minutes. 

He stopped talking and fixed an intent gaze on me. I couldn't imagine what he was thinking. Then he said something surprising. 

"You're a bright light," he stated while lifting his lips in a whimsical smile.

I didn't know how to respond. A momentary silence settled between us. Finally, I responded, "I'll accept that. Thank you."

His smile grew even warmer.

Just then, my husband arrived, and I said farewell. I never saw him again, but his words have stayed with me. 

A Bright Light.

I can't know for certain what he meant, but wouldn't it be wonderful if I was a bright light in this dark world? A scripture comes to mind, one I've heard many times through the years.

Matthew 5:14 - 16

"You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket, instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father."

I know that I am not always a shining light, in fact, I can sometimes be more of a candle snuffer. But I want to be a light. I want others to know the same Heavenly Father I do.

We all can be a light that reveals the love and hope of our Lord, which is needed especially in these dark and uncertain times. For no matter what evil may befalls us, it is not greater than God nor more powerful than Him. Our Father holds us in His hand, forever loved and protected.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie Leon


  1. Anonymous9:11 AM

    Certainly an amazingly beautiful God wink.

    1. I don't know who this is, but I love your thought. Thank you.

    2. Anonymous5:42 PM

      I agree, "You're a bright light". I'm thankful the man expressed to you how I too see you.

    3. Aww, bless you. Taking a deep breath and whispering Jesus name.

  2. Anonymous9:38 AM

    I agree with that gentleman, you are a shining "Bright" Light. You touch so many people with your warm smile not to mention your amazing talent for writing wonderful stories. You are Blessed and so thankful you are my friend. :)

    1. Thank you so much. I know you're my friend, but I don't know which one. Maybe you can change the setting so it doesn't come through as anonymous. Hugs.

  3. Anonymous7:25 PM

    To be called a bright light is how God is using you! Well done faithful servant!

    1. I'm just taking one step at a time. What is amazing is that there is nothing special about me; it's just Jesus. It's all Him.