Life's Unexpected Lessons- 5: Let There Be Light!
Let There Be Light!
Have you ever gotten out of bed one morning and upon wondering what it was like outside gone to the window only to see a gloriously perfect sunny day awaiting you? Spirits just seem to rise, moods improve, days are better when the sun is shining brightly! People are happier, more courteous, more content on these days whereas by comparison on a day that is gloomy and shrouded with grey clouds our moods tend to follow suit. People seem to be grumpier, less considerate, and more miserable when the day is dark. Ever stop to ponder why?
From the very beginning of time when God created the earth, He knew that the living things He was going to create would need light. So the first thing He did before creating anything else was to say,’” Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light; that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.’ Genesis 1-4.
We, as human beings, need light to be fulfilled, to be able to be at our best, to be able to make our way through whatever may come our way. Light is important to all of our being: physical, mental and spiritual. Those that embrace this tend to go forth with a smile and a desire to make things better for others and in doing so find satisfaction for themselves within. When confronted with something difficult, they still draw on their inner reserves and the strength from the light thus finding their way through it. God works through us by being that light.
Yet there are those that resist this; that prefer to remain in the darkness living however they can devoid of the light. (I am not speaking of those that consider themselves ‘night owls’ due to jobs or lifestyles who still seek out light to work by or light-filled social clubs they may frequent after dark for these still seek the light even though their schedules don’t allow for it until after the sun goes down.) Rather, I am speaking of those that shroud themselves from the light, blocking it out with blinds preferring to live in the shadows of darkness. Is it any wonder that all these people who chose darkness over light see only misery and horrors in life around them? Depression runs rampant in their world; a world filled with denials, and rebellion. There is nothing to smile about; nothing ever gets better. Is it any wonder why evil can use this setting as a playground? Why so many of those that choose the darkness lose sight of God’s light forever?
God knew this, too, for he states in Psalm 82.5 “They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.” How can the world of those who choose darkness over the light have a stable foundation on which to live? They cannot – for our entire being needs light to be able to survive and function in this world, and they are trying to make it through on their own – minus the comfort of the light … and God.
God offers us His light and has from the very beginning … what a great blessing; one that we all need! He is always there for us regardless of whether we are enjoying His bounty or struggling through trials that appear on our path and His light shows us the way through it all. He will never abandon us to the darkness. “For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” Psalm 18.28.
Choose carefully … for this choice will be the basis for your entire existence.