Life As A Lighthouse Keeper
If you are sick, you stay home from school. If there is a big snowstorm or hurricane, you usually get the
day off, too. But if you had a job as a lighthouse keeper, there were no days off. You had to work all the
time. In bad weather, you usually had to work even harder! Most of the time though, your work could be
boring. There were no days off for a lighthouse keeper. Read on to learn more about life as a lighthouse
Lighthouses help ships stay away from dangerous shorelines or rocky cliffs. This means that lighthouse
keepers often lived in the most dangerous spots in a body of water. When storms blew in, high winds,
pounding waves and driving rain brought danger. Of course, ships leave waters when storms are coming.
Lighthouse keepers had to stay and be sure the lights were kept burning. Because the lights were at the top
of the lighthouse, winding stairs had to be climbed in terrible weather so the lights would continue to warn
anyone still out in the storm. In very early days of lighthouses, some of them did not even have a roof. It
must have been very difficult to do your job during a storm in those days! Often, the lighthouse keeper’s
family and animals lived with him. Famous stories tell how keepers and their families had to save
themselves and pets during fierce storms.
While storms brought danger and maybe even excitement to a lighthouse keeper, daily life could be
boring. Lighthouse keepers kept logbooks. These journals are full of “tales” of dusting the lighthouse,
cleaning the lens, and filling the oil lamps. These kinds of boring jobs had to be done every day. Some
tasks brought danger. Painting the lighthouse tower was a difficult task. Keepers had to climb high with
brushes and paint buckets to keep the lighthouse sparkling. Often lighthouse keepers had a sad morning
chore. They had to sweep dead birds from the deck. The birds were attracted to the light and crashed into
The lighthouses were often placed in the water or along a rocky shore so getting to them was not easy.
This meant that lighthouse keepers had a lonely life. Sometimes family members could take a trip to a
store for supplies. Sometimes a boat would arrive with food or mail. When a family or keeper could talk
with other people, this was exciting! It helped break up the lonely days and nights.
You may wonder why anyone would want to be a lighthouse keeper. Many people love the water. They
say that being a part of life on the sea is exciting. Some liked being away from other people. They enjoyed
the loneliness. Being a lighthouse keeper meant you had a place to live and you were paid for staying at
Today, electricity means that most lighthouses do not need keepers. Lights are run automatically. Workers
check the lights every so often but they are not required to be at the lighthouse twenty-four hours a day.
Improved navigation instruments on ships means fewer lighthouses are needed. But some people still long
for the days of lighthouse keepers. If you are one of those people, you can take a vacation at a lighthouse!
You can polish lamps, dust 40 the lens, or even paint stairs. And … YOU have to pay for the privilege of
God called us to be like a lighthouse keeper. He wants us to keep the light burning with the use of oil
(Holy Spirit) so that people who live in darkness can see the light of the LORD.
No 4, 2017, New Zealand
Life As A Lighthouse Keeper
Priest Reynante So, New Zealand
No 4, 2016, France
When I look at myself in the mirror, I often see an enemy!
A “Prima Donna” at the opera-ballet in Paris, expressed herself in a Radio interview. She spoke of the continuous exertions and practices, which are demanded from her body every day, to be able to maintain the top position as the “Prima Ballerina” at the opera. Her body has to undergo every day anew this hard training, so to fulfill these expected performances. Very often she sees therefore an enemy in the mirror who has to be overcome, because most of the time she unwillingly endures the sacrifices and abstinences, which are demanded.
Especially during the Lenten time, quite a few of us have come to notice our mirror image and have not liked what we saw and therefore have declared “war” to our bodies. We all know about the courage, the patience and perseverance that are necessary to better our picture in the mirror. Quite often it is the same with us as the Apostle James described. We love best to forget our mirror image, that is the figure which the mirror shows us as fast as possible. Sometimes other people “mirror” our appearance, because their presence may just disturbingly remind us of our own picture.
But today it goes about something much more important, then the outer appearance. Because Apostle James warned us before such inconsequent behaviour, when God holds the “mirror” of His Word before our eyes. We recognize, while hearing the sermon at God’s service or reading in the bible and our scripts, that the Word depicts a spiritual mind or soul-condition, which is resembling ours. Most of the time we don’t like to admit it. Our conceptions with the Truth of the gospel to compare with Jesus Christ, observes the risk, that we want to quickly forget the outcome, because mostly it does not correspond. But we cannot keep on like this, because there are many dangers involved with it. The inner, new man, who Jesus wants to create in us, “will win no worldly beauty contest.” We are reminded of another word by the Apostle James. Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
These warnings surely point also to those “good sides” of life or the world, which we still only like too much still and whose “friendships” seem all too important to us. Today we want to also accept, that some of these “friends” are God’s enemies – and I am deeply convinced that no child of God wants to belong to those.
God grant us strength and courage, to “declare war” to this sometime ugly picture of ourself, and overcome this enemy with the help of our constant and true Friend, Jesus Christ, by the Spirit He has sealed within us.
Late Apostle Andre Grein, France
No 4, 2015, North Queensland
We read our Lord sent His Apostles on a mission in a boat. We today are on a journey, the Church is on the journey and we have to traverse troubled waters, but at the time when they thought all had ended for them, our Lord came unto them walking on the sea and they perceived Him to be a spirit, which was showing clearly unto the Church that the Spirit of God would be sent into the world so that at all times we can be taught of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We do not see this Spirit but it gives us the teachings of our Lord. So in Spirit form we see Him before us and as the Apostle Peter said unto Him, if it be thou, call me unto thee. Come our Lord said. One simple word, the Spirit of God is telling us today, come also to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And Peter was able to walk on the sea, for he believed in his faith that our Lord would not leave him comfortless, that He would protect him and He would help him to come to where He is. Our Lord has promised us that as He is in His Father’s throne, we too, shall be drawn unto His throne. A great promise for sinful men. We see that when the storm looked boisterous, Peter’s faith faded and he began to sink. We also many times our faith fails and we think that we are sinking and there is no way out for us. Peter through the power of the Holy Spirit, said those wonderful words that are still being preached unto us today, Lord save me. If we are prepared to acknowledge that we can do nothing on our own, but our souls can be saved in this troubled world by simply saying those words, we will find that our faith will be strengthened, for our Lord put forth His hand and held Peter up from sinking. The Holy Spirit will also place us in the hands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and we will not sink but we will be able to once again take our place on this journey where a peace came over the sea at that time and we will witness that peace as we journey along the same as the men in those lands knew they needed help, those with infirmities were brought before the Lord, simply to touch the hem of His garment and through that they were healed. We too have our infirmities of sin and our desire should be to simply place our hands and trust and touch the hem of Christ’s garment, which is the power of the Holy Spirit, and through that spirit we too can have our infirmities made whole.
That is the faith that the Word of God gives us, it is not just a story in a small village overseas, it is a testimony of what was to come. All of us have to face tests and trials in our lives, especially more and more in these troubled times. As we observe the happenings in the world, we should look behind them and see what great tests of faith are being imposed and put ourselves in their shoes to test our self to see how we would fare. When we do this in genuine concern, we are helping those people, as Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” From this will come sincere prayers for those tested and God will answer prayer.
Apostle Cliff Flor, North Queensland
No 5, 2019, North Queensland
We see therein that we see these signs appearing, where the sun is being darkened; the Sun of Righteousness which is Christ. Christ’s word is being darkened within the world as more and more laws are brought in against His word, and more and more people abandon this free gift of grace that is offered unto them, and Christ’s word is becoming less and less accepted, as the guide for our lives.
We see the moon shall cease to give the light. The moon is the Apostle Ministry teaching, for the moon receives its light only from the sun. When the sun goes down, the moon comes up and promises that a new day will dawn. The Apostle teaching must always promise that there is a new day dawning when our Lord will return. We see that is becoming less and less accepted. We see that mankind thinks that he can make the world a better place to be, that he can make the world last for ever, that he can provide the blessings that will bring about this peace and contentment: but it will never happen. It will only happen in the Kingdom of God when our Lord returns.
The stars fall from heaven. The stars are ministries throughout the world, who should only be giving heavenly teaching, but we see so many ministries today unfortunately are no longer teaching the teachings of Christ. They are introducing man’s teachings to the world, to suit their own beliefs. As we see these things coming then our Lord spoke that we should then take note. We should watch. We should observe.
We should remember that He has only just gone on a journey. He likened it unto a man who had a vineyard and he went on a journey, but he gave the power and the obligation to those whom he loves, those whom he trusts to go about and continue with this labour. We see our obligation that we must at all times not just accept the blessings, but we watch, and as we see these things happening within the world we seek the Lord and do the other thing that He said, ‘Watch and pray.’ Watch and pray lest we be found sleeping.
We must revive prayer stronger than ever within our lives as we watch the world and we review the blessings granted unto us. The writers of the Book of Hebrews gave some good advice on where these blessings come from and how we should continue to receive those blessings. In Hebrews Chapter 10 verses 15 on we find written: ‘Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching,’
We see that good advice as we look forward and we can make a commitment as we follow the life of Christ and make it our obligation that we will try and become more and more in the image of Christ.
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
Apostle Cliff Flor, North Queensland
No 5, 2018, North Queensland
We must learn to see life, not as man (from birth until death) but as God sees it (from conception until eternity).
Before Jesus Christ came to start a new way on earth, man had a dismal future because of the downfall of man.
Life began at conception, extended to living in the world for the period God destined, then death happened, and man’s soul had to go to Hell as a place of waiting to be judged at the last day. This judgement would determine eternity for that soul.
Man was captive! But hope came through Jesus Christ’s mission and victory.
- Prophesied – Psalms 68:18-19
“Thou has ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men yea, for the rebellious also that the Lord God might dwell amongst them. Blessed be the Lord who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.”
- Confirmed – Ephesian 4:8-18.
Now Hell and Judgement and finally death, were captive to Christ, and a new line of life in God’s sight, came into being for Christian believers.
Conception, life on this earth, death of the body, soul to Paradise, return with Christ and resurrection from the grave, rebirth, kingdom of God and eternity.
Re-entry to Paradise, the Word of God shows clearly, how we obtain a passport for this journey. Luke 23:39-43 the malefactor showed what must be done.
- He confessed his sins — verse 41.
- He recognised Jesus as Lord (Christ) verse 42.
- He asked to be remembered (no demand) mercy & grace.
- He acknowledged he believed in the return of Christ to set up His kingdom.
Our Lord then introduced to us, a new place of waiting (Hell was taken captive).
Verse 43— Paradise — He further told in Revelation 2:7, what and why we must first go there — to eat of the tree of life, originally placed in the garden at the creation.
John 19:34 Records – But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
The malefactor was still alive, when Christ was speared he received direct from Christ’s body, the double cure for sin that was to be given to all believers.
Water – for the remission of inherited sin of Adam (baptism).
Blood – for the remission of our repented sins in this life (communion).
This then for us, sets the road, but the Holy Spirit sums this all up through the Apostle Paul’s letters to the Ephesians 2:4-8. “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Our Lord summed it up Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”. Mark 13:34; “that heavenly gifts and earthly wisdom will all pass away, but His word would never pass away”.
That is why we do not fear death, but by the Grace of Christ, we can look forward at all times – Matthew 6:33. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Apostle Cliff Flor, North Queensland
No 5, 2017, North Queensland
After the conversion of Saul, who became the Apostle Paul, he realized the things that he had
done, he had no problems in confessing his wrong doings to the Lord as with our text. It does
however highlight the words ‘Thy Martyr’. This word, martyr is used so often today out of its true
meaning, and there are even those who make a stand on an issue hoping something will be done to
them so they can appear to have to give up something and thus become as a martyr, so that others
will support and follow them. Like all bible predictions, these things come to pass. False prophets,
false teachers, false apostles, and yes, even false martyrs. To help us be sure we are not led astray
by this falsehood, we should examine what is a true martyr in God’s eye, and what falsehoods are
used to deceive us.
In our period, the meaning given in the dictionary is important and is “one who has proved the
strength and genuineness of his faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death”. As Christ is the
word of God, we see those that suffered death by standing up for God’s word in the pre-Christ
period also fall in the same category. Now a false martyr also suffers loss but usually for standing
up against something that he believes in. Very seldom is it something that Christ believes in or
taught, and in fact it is often in direct contradiction to Christ’s teaching. Our text declares that
Stephen was a true martyr, so as we read the recording of his violent death, we see also other
attributes necessary in determining a true martyr and this is found in Acts 7:59-60. “And they
stoned Stephen, calling upon God and saying Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down
and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” We see God fearing and mercy
shown by Stephen. With false martyrs the reverse is present as they use the situation to try and
turn their followers against others. We must always be careful that out of sympathy, or enthusiasm,
or misunderstanding, or obsession, that we try all the facts before we are misled into believing one
has become a martyr. Look to see if the stand is for Christ, or His word, look to see if what is
being given up is being taken by force or only made to look that way. Look for God fearing and
above all look for love and mercy being shown. If we do these things with an open heart, we will
not be deceived. We should not feel sorry for a genuine Martyr, but take comfort in Christ’s
teaching in Matt. 5:10-12. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and
shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for
great is your reward in heaven.”
The Apostle John saw in The Revelation, a special place under God’s Altar, for the Martyrs and
saw that white robes were given them to guarantee that they would partake of the first resurrection
when Christ returns so as to fulfil His word.
Apostle Cliff Flor, North Queensland
No 5, 2016, North Queensland
When King Solomon was inspired by the Spirit to write these words, he was certainly writing from experience – For he had found the way to acquire this wisdom and had been able to compare it with the then regarded precious things in life, and as we read, he came to the understanding that nothing in this world can compare with wisdom, and from that the understanding.
The wisdom that Solomon wrote about included all those various meanings of the word found in the dictionaries such as dexterity, skill, sensible, skilful to judge, counsel, insight and power to discern, but Solomon was placing it on a higher level, and was referring to it as a Divine or Godly Gift which can only come from the “Only Wise God”. We see, therefore, that it is God’s wisdom that can, given the right conditions to abide in man, show forth within us, to understand God’s way of doing things, not our own, which will make us happy and understand clearly what value it is to us.
How did Solomon acquire this knowledge? We read in 1 Kings Ch. 3 that when he became king the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked him, “What shall I give thee?” Solomon confessed that he was as a little child, and knew not what to do, and he asked the Lord for one thing -“Give, therefore, thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and bad.” It is recorded that this request pleased God, and he answered, “Because that thou hast asked this thing and has not asked for thyself long life, neither hast asked riches for thyself nor has asked the life of thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgement; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.” God also promised him that all of those earthly things he did not ask for would be granted to him.
As we read the story of Solomon we see that Kings and Queens came from everywhere, including the East Country, to witness the wisdom that God had given to him. That promise of God came to its conclusion when another group of wise men over 1000 years later, who travelled from the East to come and pay homage to a King that God had put on the earth – The King of Kings, Jesus Christ, who now was to bring greater wisdom to us all. The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians Ch. 1 confirms this where he writes “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness but unto them which are called, Christ the power of God and the “Wisdom of God. ”
For us, the same principles apply in our day. The first step to the wisdom of God is as found in Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” We see in God-fearing or acknowledging God’s Almighty power and confessing, as Solomon did, that we are but as little children, then it opens the way for prayer. We must acknowledge it is a gift of God as in Eph. 1:17, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him”; and acknowledging this we must then pray for this gift as James writes in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” We see, therefore, every day we should pray for this wisdom; it is one of the gifts of the Spirit that is freely available to all. We will then be able to discern in the world the good and evil, to understand more fully God’s meaning of the words found in the Bible, to take into our hearts the Kingdom of God that is preached, to obtain the full peace of being reconciled again with God by the proclamation of forgiveness of sin, to understand the renewal of life within us by the partaking of Christ’s Body and Blood, and to look at the events of our daily life with God’s Wisdom and not our own – so will fulfil the inner happiness which will show in our outward lives of this great treasure which we have been given from God.
These words would not be complete unless we also are reminded of how Solomon ended his days, even after being granted so much wisdom. We find written in the Bible that Solomon “went not fully after the Lord” and allowed himself to be influenced by the outside world to turn that gift of God into idolatry. We must be ever aware that we never allow idol worship to enter in to anyone who has been given this gift of God “Wisdom.”
The gain for all from finding this wisdom is certainly much better than gold in our lives, as it will give us a peaceful life of understanding God’s Will, a peaceful life one with another, to understand one another, and an eternal peaceful life with our Lord. Let us all then begin, and continue every day to pray for this Gift of Wisdom.