Psalm 85:5-6

Blessed are those whose strength is in You,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
asTea they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Light

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.

It shouldn't surprise us that the very first action of Creator God was the creation of Light itself. Our Creator has always been about the creation of light.  Though there are creatures of the night on this earth, humankind is not one of them. Those who physically work through the night often struggle in the inversion of their lives. Missing light is not to be taken lightly, so to speak. When our son tried it for a while, he was plunged into a corresponding depression that prompted the use of an artificial sun lamp to mimic what he'd previously taken for granted. And though some people become used to such a schedule, the world doesn't easily accomodate their lives. We have next door neighbors, for example, who are bakers. They begin their workday at 2 AM, meaning they get up at 1. Because their bedroom is very near our deck, we have to be careful of noise beginning about 5 PM on beautiful summer evenings, which we always have to remember early in the summer. And, if I'm honest, can be a bit constricting. But honestly, I've always wondered how they do it, how they live their lives backwards in this way, missing summer sunsets from their large western-facing front windows.

However, living in physical darkness is not the darkness our Creator (who wears so many other hats as well) is most concerned about. It is spiritual darkness. Kingdom darkness. Eternal darkness. Anyway you want to say it, since the very beginning, this has been His chief concern. Well, maybe not from those first days, but certainly from the fruit-and-eating moment in the Garden.

"Let there be Light," our Creator says. And then He goes about spending history bringing Light into the world. Even though humans had been so faithless everyone but a single family and all the morally neutral animals had been saved, He gave a rainbow to Noah to declare there would be Light, and His continuing faithfulness. He called Abram out of Ur and gave Him such a bright-light of a covenant that generation after generation of hard-hearted people were reminded of it. He confirmed it to Moses, to Joshua, to David, who said, "You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light."

 And on this Creator-lit Light went, until there was a prophesy about  a specific kind of Servant who would bring a new light into the world, in Isaiah 49: 6, "I will also make you a light for a Gentiles, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth." (If this sounds familiar, read Matthew 28, and you'll see the Light of the world proclaim these very words.)

So history comes to a single moment. A neon light of a moment when all of the cosmos had to put on sunglasses and wear sun-block...because, as John says in His prologue, "The true Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world."  From the dawn of time, we've come to Creator God's crowning moment of "Let there be Light." And there was Light, and His name was Jesus. "The Light shine in the darkness and the darkness has not over come [Him].

Whatever was dark in our lives--and, the point is that everything without Him is darkness--He overcomes with Light. And when there are corners of darkness even now, even in our walk with Him, He is the Light that first illuminates and then overpowers such corners. Darkness cannot resist light because God saw--from the beginning and always knows--that Light is good. Even when we want to hide in the darkness, when we are afraid of our hidden things brought into the Light, Light is good. It might not feel so from a human point of view. We might resist. But light is Good. Because Jesus, the Light, is always Good.

What is in the darkness of your life? Or in the lives of those around you?  God is in the business of separating the Light from the darkness. And He will do it.
In the Name of the One who IS the Light.


2 comments:

Elle said...

Sometimes I wish there was a little more light in Finland...in both ways.

jeskmom said...

I get that...in both ways. Maybe it's why you're so drawn to Israel. And here?