Morning is such a peaceful time at a motorcycle rally. A few early bird riders fire up their bikes for a port a potty visit or to beat the morning shower crowd. The birds are chirping a cheerful morning song above the soft snoring accompaniment of sleeping bikers. What a contrast to eight hours ago.
Running motorcycle motors blend with the thumping bass of the rock band and blend into wave after wave of sound. Others sounds are the squeals of women, cheers of men, and the blaring emcee announcing another anatomy based contest. A stream of bike headlights form a single, bouncing strand of light; the stage is an island of glowing light amid the surrounding darkness; and twinkling or glowing lights adorn a variety of vehicles and people to add excitement and allure to the evening.
The contrast is vivid. As a saved follower of Jesus, I see the contrast as the difference between the darkness of sin and the light of Jesus Christ. The darkness of 9:30 P.M. used to be my life and it makes me sad to see the frantic activities of people who are having "a good time". My good time activities were because I had an emptiness inside me that just wouldn't go away. I filled this empty place with things that made me feel good. However, the pleasure of my activities was temporary. In the darkness of late night and early morning - I was alone.
That empty place is where God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit belong. Man needs to be in a relationship with God and when man is not; an emptiness is felt that just won't go away. Contentment is short-term. I remember when I was filled with the Holy Spirit. It felt like a glowing ball of happiness formed within my chest and expanded until I just couldn't contain the feelings of joy, love, and happiness. The expanding light filled me, my eyes overflowed with tears of joy, because I knew I would never be alone again! My personal relationship with Jesus filled that empty hole with the wholeness of God.
Bill and I studied scripture for his Sunday morning sermon at the rally. Those verses all describe the call of Jesus as being in the light of life.
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day
Jesus is the answer and will satisfy all of our needs when we follow him.
Pray for the sinner who is having "a good time". Pray for those seeking carnal pleasures that are temporary and fleeting. Pray for the knowledge of salvation to reach the lost within the darkest corner of night. Pray without ceasing brothers and sisters. Guard yourselves with the Sword of the Spirit - God's Holy Word. Now you know why I am "A Joy Filled Woman".