“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person,” said Albert Schweitzer. “Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
Read those two sentences again and pause to think:
How many times has your light dimmed and faltered, only to be rekindled by a spark from another person?
In what ways was God arranging events to bring that person into your life? You might not have recognized His efforts at the time, but if you take time to give it thought, perhaps you, like Jacob, will wake up and declare, “God was here all along but I wasn’t even aware of it!”
Connect the dots and pin down the ways God hovered close, working out His good plans for you.
Frederick Buechner observes that on the road to Emmaus, Jesus recognized the disciples even though they didn’t recognize him.
Buechner continues, “In this dark world where you and I see so little because of our unrecognizing eyes, he, whose eye is on the sparrow, sees each one of us.… And I believe that whether we recognize him or not, or believe in him or not, or even know his name, again and again he comes and walks a little way with us along whatever road we’re following. And I believe that through something that happens to us, or something we see, or somebody we know—who can ever guess how or when or where?—he offers us … a new hope, a new vision of light that not even the dark world can overcome.” (Secrets in the Dark; emphasis mine)
Take a few days or weeks or even months to recognize those occasions. Make yourself a working document: a two-column list of both the events and the people who stepped into your life and invited you into the light.
Each of those incidents is a story waiting to be written and shared with others in your memoir.
When you write, dig deep and deeper. Refuse to skim over the shallow surface of life. What lessons did you learn through both the faltering of your light and the rekindling? As a result, how did your life change? What new person did you become? How did the experience strengthen your faith?
If you write your stories, your memoir can rekindle a flame for someone else whose light is sputtering.