Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Finding Your Light

     During a recent homecoming black light pep rally, glow in the dark ends on majorette batons twirled and twinkled like stars before an audience of excited students. Then "it" happened, one of the glowing ends flew off of the baton and the majorette just kept twirling as everyone watching felt the pang of wanting to run onto the gym floor and fix her baton. Suddenly she stopped her routine, picked up the glowing end off of the floor, and replaced it. Tears came to my eyes as the crowd roared for her as she began twirling with both lights on her baton. She had done what so many of us need to do when we lose our light, take time out and get it back.

Beautiful Adrian photo by Virginia Ellenson
On a recent journey to take time out and get my own light back, I found myself in the New Mexico desert, in the dark, in the rain, totally lost, with no cell phone, trying to find my way back to what is known as Auntie’s house, an adobe house known as the servants quarters for the Mabel Dodge Luhan Retreat House. My flashlight gave me approximately six inches of light and all the adobe houses were starting to look the same. I felt one with Winnie the Pooh, who had followed his own footsteps in a circle. In full awareness that Moses’ people wandered around the desert for forty some odd years, I decided it would be best to look toward the well lit main house and trudge through the mud puddles until I arrived at the kitchen, praying that someone would be there who would take me by the hand like a toddler to my own bedroom. And it came to pass that it happened just that way, Adrian, a member of the kitchen staff had mercy on me and walked with me until we saw the light in the foyer of my small cottage.

Jill at Aunties House photo by Virginia Ellenson
     I am reminded of the power of light in Mat 5:14-15, "You are the world's light; it is impossible to hide a town built on top of a hill. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a lampstand, and it gives light for everybody in the house."
~Jill Davis


  1. Oh ... what a marvelous experience to share and you've done so beautifully here! I remember you telling me about this but I didn't realize it was Adrian who 'saved' you this way. I'm honored to have you share my photos to illustrate here (thanks for the acknowledgment as well)and simply DELIGHTED to discover your BLOG (which I've carefully Bookmarked so I can find it again). Way to go roomie ;-)

  2. Ohmygosh! I just realized this is your first post and that this is a new blog! I love the 'look' of the site and am thrilled to be your first visitor!!! (Can you see me dancing for joy here in Southern California?) It took Kara three months to convince ME to start blogging at Small Reflections after I met her at the 2007 Taos Writers Retreat ... and just look at how much more quickly YOU got started! I'm impressed ... truly ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

  3. Jill, thanks for reminding me that "losing my way" happens to everyone, and that the Light is the source of our direction; sometimes, though, it comes to us through other people. Peace, Julie