'Let there be light'

Tuesday Reflection

11th August 2020

'I've finally got around to doing it'

God said,

'Let there be light', and there was light.'
   - Genesis 1:3

Sorting through some old paperwork,
Yes, I've finally got around to doing it,
I came across an old birthday card the other day.
It showed a picture of two men laying on their backs in a grassy meadow
looking up at the sky.
The first one is saying,
'What do you see, Watson?' Watson replies,
'The stars Sherlock, aren't they beautiful?'
'Yes,' came the reply,
'But I see that someone has stolen the tent.'

It brought back memories when I used to camp out in the garden
with the children on a summer's night,
and before going into the tent we would lay on the grass
and take in the beauty and immenseness of the night sky.
It seemed to go on forever and,
with little background light around,
the stars were so bright.

Do we try to seek God 'through a tent',
try to see him through all the other 'stuff'
we have cluttering up our lives
and wonder why we cannot locate him?

After God created heaven and earth, he said
'Let there be light'.
He created light because he wanted us to be able to see to live.
He gave us light to dispel the darkness,
He gave us hope to dispel despair,
he gave us joy to dispel the dread,
he gave us peace to dispel the fear,
he gave us security in him to dispel the doubt.

I came across this quote the other day which spoke to me,
it is ascribed to C.S. Lewis;
'I believe in Jesus like I believe in the sun.
Not because I can see it but because by it,
I can see everything else clearly.'
Actually, it is one of his most mis-quoted lines;
what he actually said was;

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else.

But the mis-quote speaks more directly to me.
We don't understand light,
but we know enough about it to turn on the light switch
when we enter a dark room;
we seek the light so we can see our way.

Jesus is the Light of the World;
just as the sun is the physical light of the world,
He is the spiritual light
and when we feel we are in a place of darkness as Christians,
instinct is to turn to him as he invited us.
He said;

"I am the light of the world,
whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life."
   - (John 8:12)

That is a wonderful promise.
There is nothing we need more in this world today than light in our path.
Too many people are walking in darkness.
They do not know where they are going,
not only after they leave this life,
but even a little way down the road.
They have no idea of what is ahead;
they are running into disaster
and they cannot even see it coming.
But the person who has light can see what is in his pathway.

And it's God's intention to convince us that darkness isn't the best place to live.
As we turn away from our darkness and into His glorious light,
the shadows of the past fall behind us
and we can walk confidently into the future.