Object Lessons

Lighthouses

Objects: A Toy Lighthouse, with electrical attachment. A picture may be used or a lighthouse made of cardboard.

Lighthouses are such interesting places. Have you ever seen one, boys and girls? They are tall, tower-like buildings located at the entrance to harbors, on points of land extending out into the water, or at any part of the coast where warning should be given of danger of any kind to ships, such as rocks, sand banks, etc.

A strong light is placed near the top of the lighthouse, whose rays are sent far out to sea by mirror-like reflectors. These lighthouse lamps send forth their light at intervals so as to attract more attention, and to let it be known that it is a true lighthouse light and not a counterfeit.

Here is a lighthouse, boys and girls, that will give you some idea of how these tall, tower-like buildings look along the coast. (Present toy lighthouse or picture. Darken room and let the lighthouse light be the only light.)

These lighthouses have a two-fold mission to fulfill. They point out the harbors and places of safety for the wayfaring seaman, and give warning of the dangerous places to avoid. The captain of a ship always looks for the light from the lighthouse when nearing the end of his journey. It guides him into the harbor. I well remember, when taking a trip to Australia a few years ago, of rising early one morning when near Sydney Harbor, just to catch sight of the swish of the great light from the lighthouse which stands as a guard there. I was rewarded, for far in the distance I saw a gleam of light, and it. was the light which guided the captain of our ship into that great harbor.

What a blessing these light-giving buildings are to travelers of the sea! But suppose a light should fail to shine; what then! A ship with its precious cargo of life might miss the harbor and be lost, or failing to receive the danger signal, be wrecked. Before the days of lighthouses, many a ship was dashed to pieces on rocks, and failed to reach the harbor.

A lighthouse keeper's work is most important. He must keep the great lights in good condition and the large mirror-like reflectors shining, that the lives of those at sea might not he endangered because of any neglect on his part. To perform these duties, the lighthouse keeper must give himself up to a life of separation as far as friends, neighbors and many things that make life pleasant are concerned. But the reward of being used in such a service of sending out a light to travelers on a dark, storm-tossed sea is greater than any of the sacrifices.

These lighthouses have many messages for us, boys and girls. We are living in a world that is dark and foggy with sin. Those who have received the Lord Jesus as Saviour are journeying toward a safe and sure harbor, but there are many dangers along the way where warning should be given. Many are travelling in this world of darkness, not knowing the way into the harbor of safety. Like a ship upon a storm-tossed sea in the days before lighthouses, they are lost and wrecked. What a need there is for boys and girls, men and women, to be lighthouses, as it were, along the shore of life!

When Jesus was here upon earth, He said, "I am the light of the world."—John. 8:12. He also said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."—Matt. 5:14.

In Proverbs 20:27 we read, "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord," and in Ps. 18:28, "For Thou wilt light my candle." When a boy or girl, man or woman, accepts Jesus as Saviour, the "candle of the heart" is lighted. The Lord Jesus, the true Light, comes into his heart and he is ready to be a lighthouse for the Lord.

Just as lighthouses point the way to the harbors of safety and give warning of the dangers along the way, so the Christian should point the way Home to those travelling in this world of darkness and sin, and sound a warning of the dangers to avoid. Harbors have only one entrance. So there is only one way or entrance into the Port of Heaven. The Lord Jesus is the One and only Way—"For there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."—Acts 4:12.

Lighthouses are located wherever there is a NEED. God has a special needy field for each Christian, whether in Africa, China, or the home-land. Boys and girls can give forth a light for the Lord Jesus among playmates at school, or among sisters and brothers at home. It is a blessed privilege to be a lighthouse for Him wherever it "hath pleased Him" to place you.

Be a lighthouse for the Lord Jesus, boys and girls! "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven."—Matt. 5:16.

"Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some Poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save."

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