Hi Everyone, David here.
In the book, Velvet Elvis, Repainting the Christian Faith, the author, Rob Bell has this to say about light – “Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.”
Darkness only occurs in a shadow, shadows are caused by light. Light therefore must be the absence of darkness. Pure and simple logic really.
The concept of “light” appears numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments. God created light (Genesis 1:3 ). However, a careful reading of the Scriptures reveals that the physical entity that we call “light” is actually only the second form of light in the universe, since everywhere else the Bible declares that God Himself is light.
Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light.” In Psalm 104:2 , the psalmist testified of the Lord who “covered himself” in light.
In John 8:12 Jesus, said, “I am the light of the world.” Such expressions make at least two things abundantly clear. First, the origin of light rests with God. Second, in some sense God Himself is the very essence of light.
We need to let the light into our lives. Light is life and healing. Everthing has cracks, Everything is made to let the light in.
There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. ~ Leonard Cohen
There is an old Maori proverb that says if you turn your face towards the sun your shadows will fall far behind you. One of the meanings of this proverb is you always have a choice to focus on the light or on your own shadows. Light is life. Choose it.
Some questions for reflection:
- Where is your light?
- Where does it shine and who notices?
- Do your shadows fall behind you?
- Have you let the light in?
- What will you do next?
This week, may you let the light come in and begin healing in your heart. May you recognise that the cracks don’t need papering over. The cracks exist to let light in and then let light out. What will you do with this light?
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