“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.” – John 1:4-5
I thought light was simple, mundane, and ordinary. In truth, Light is one of the most complex entities in the universe. Physics tells us that light has two natures: a wave and a particle. It is both in constant motion and immutable. No other thing perfectly replicates it, yet many natural phenomena mimic its tendencies.
“Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.” – Genesis 1:3-4
I thought I needed to be perfect and spotless to attract the light. In truth, Light shines most spectacularly through gaps, cracks, and brokenness. The solid, steady, and sure only block it.
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” – II Corinthians 4:6-7
“But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ” – John 3:21
I thought light was only for the joyful spirits, the unoppressed, the optimists. In truth, Light brings a new day and hope to the hopeless.
“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” – Psalm 30:5
I thought I was among only a few seeking light. In truth, Light is the one thing humans seek universally. We want to know and be known, see and know truth, and have clarity. It’s what we are designed to seek.
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.” – Isaiah 9:2
I thought light was less spectacular than the rest of creation. In truth, Light sanctions color and beauty; without it these things are meaningless.
“From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance.” – Psalm 50:2
I thought light required perfection to be reflected, transmitted, and transmuted. In truth, it is the Light itself that makes us pure and white.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
I thought I was chasing after this light.
In truth, Light has always been in pursuit of me.
“I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.” – Psalm 139:11-12
In 2016, I will surrender to the Light. By His grace alone:
I will never be overcome by darkness but overcome it with light.
I will bear witness to the Light of the world in the darkest places.
I will let the Word be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
I will be a child of the Light and rest on Him with childlike faith.
I will let His light shine through my brokenness and refuse to hide it.
Has LIGHT spoken to you in 2016? What word did you choose for this year? What truths has it already shed light on?