I Saw the Light


This is the message that we have heard from him and announce to you: “God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.” If we claim, “We have fellowship with him,” and live in the darkness, we are lying and do not act truthfully. But if we live in the light in the same way as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin (1 John 1:5-7, Common English Bible).

Yesterday I had to drive down to Bay City on an errand. I had my MP3 player going in the car. The Oak Ridge Boys rendition of I Saw the Light came on. I have always liked the song. It really hasn’t made much of a difference to me who is doing the singing. I just enjoy the song.

As I was listening, singing along and trying to pick out the bass line (Richard Sterban is a serious bass and can go much lower than your’s truly) and a sudden thought went through my head. There is a dual meaning to the song.

Whenever I listened to the song before I always thought about the meaning of, “I saw the light” as “it finally dawned on me”, “I became aware.” Think about it this way, I was living wrong and I saw the light and changed my ways.

As I was driving down the highway yesterday afternoon the thought hit me, “I saw the Light!” I saw God. The lesson above popped into my brain. “God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all…” God is Light. I saw the Light!!!

Perhaps you have already had this revelation. If so, I am happy for you. It’s just that it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday. Perhaps I should say, God didn’t reveal it to me until yesterday afternoon.

I have always found it interesting how you can read something, see something or hear something many times. You think you know and then all the sudden, coming out of the blue, as it were, you find an entirely new meaning.

That is what makes studying the Bible so interesting. No matter how many times you read something, God is alive and at work to shine new Light and God’s Living Word. I love making new discoveries in texts I think I already know well. It is like a new nugget of wisdom.

I have seen it many times in Scripture. I almost expect that it will happen at least occasionally because it has happened to me so many times in the past. But yesterday was different. This wasn’t Scripture. It was a song I have heard and sung many times during the course of my life. But now, it is a song that still contains the old meaning. Yet the meaning today is deeper than yesterday.

I know there are those who probably wouldn’t agree, but I know God used that song to speak to me as I was driving to Bay City. The Living God is at work in and around stuff. My experience served to remind me of that. It also reminded me that God can and will speak through virtually anything that is around us.

I am thankful for the experience. It was an experience that lets me say in a new way, “Praise the Lord, I saw the Light.”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

One thought on “I Saw the Light

  1. Holy Spirit has a habit of dropping gems into our consciousness; often when we least expect it. I had been jamming on Christian music on my way to work at 0530. Got to work, walking up the steps & noticed that the electricity was on now. Thought, no words, just thought, “That’s a good sign!” Holy Spirit shot back, “Oh ye of little faith!!!” I felt honored to be addressed in my thoughts, but ashamed for the back slidden thought I’d had. Told the Mom of my patient about this; she’s been having heavy financial problems even though she works hard as a substitute teacher. Anyway, this comment renewed her faith, along with another scriptural comment from another of her friends gave her the strength to face another day. I’m supremely blessed & highly favored!!!

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