The following is from Dancin' Toward the Dawn by Tim Hansel:
To show the splendor of the newborn Savior in the church Christmas
pageant, an electric light bulb was hidden in the manger. All the stage
lights were to be turned off so only the brightness of the manger could
be seen, but the boy who controlled the lights got confused, and
suddenly all the lights went out. It was a fairly tense moment broken by
a little shepherd's loud whisper, "Hey, you just switched off Jesus!"
I switch off Jesus much more than I am willing to admit. If you and I
were to switch Jesus back on in our lives, what would He be saying to
us? Prayer is listening to Him, not just telling Him what you need. In
fact, it's finding out what He needs and wants from you, where He can
use you to fill a need or create a bridge where there is a gap of
But you say, "I'm lonely, too. Why doesn't someone come to me?" It is
interesting that the passage in Isaiah doesn't say "Here I am, find me,"
nor does it say "fill my needs." The Scriptures are clear. The correct
response is, "Here I am, send me" (Isaiah 6:8).
Take the next tiny step. Psalm 18:28 says, "The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness."
As he does so, be willing to take the steps that He has prepared for
you. Allow God to direct you and to be fully Himself in your life.