Friday, January 21, 2011

My China made Flashlight

I have this rechargeable flashlight (China has done us many wonders y’see) or torchlight as we commonly call it here which you can easily get in any market or supermarket around for just about N400. The average lifespan of this flashlight is about 6-9 months as I have come to observe having changed about 4 so far. The present one in use is yellow in colour, small of about 10cm. Unlike the ones of old, you don’t need to change batteries, all you do is charge it like your regular handsets and the charge is replenished. Recently though, this torchlight gives very dull illumination no matter how much electrical charge goes into it (it’s close to its RIP age I guess). What prompted me to write about it is the fact that this morning, on waking at about 5am, I picked it up and with the dull illumination, I still managed to see and move around. The point is: Light, no matter how small kicks out darkness and reveals the path so one doesn’t stumble. It is however preferable for the light to be very bright (like when I just bought the item), then it shines to cover a larger sphere and reveal more clearly without casting many shadows unlike when the light is dull.
Jesus taught his disciples in Matt 5 saying “A city that is set on a hill, cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle (or a flashlight in my own case) and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick (hold it up with hands) and it gives light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven”. Interesting thing about the Christian light is that the electrical charge is supernatural and the torchlight cannot expire until the Almighty say it’s time. So I arise and shine for my light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon me. I shine brightly without shame, fear, or favour. What about you?

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