I looked out the window the other night and was surprised by what I saw. The tree in the front yard had two shadows! Normally, the tree casts one huge shadow on the lawn and house. It is created by the light on the utility pole across the street. The other night, though, the normal shadow was there along with a second shadow stretching in another direction. I stepped out the door to take a look. The air was crisp, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Perched low in the southern sky was a blazing, white, full moon…….the source of the second shadow. The moon was so bright it eclipsed even the glow of the street light to cause the second shadow!
Light is a powerful metaphor in the Bible. It usually symbolizes Truth or God’s revelation and self-disclosure or the transcendent nature of God. Light always comes from the “outside” and not from us. We see it or discover it, but we do not make it. Given our broken world and sinful hearts, we desperately need light to shine into our darkness!
We live in a world where there are a myriad of voices claiming to be enlightened or to be the light or to know the path of light. You know, things like “We’re on the right side of history;” “This is a new day;” “This went viral; its got to be true!” “How can love ever be wrong;” “When I’m elected President, I will…..” All claims to be light. For believers, there is one source of light that trumps them all: God! How He ordered the world, what He has said about the world, and what He has done through His Son are where we start. Note the Psalmist’s words:”In Your light, we see light.” (Psalm 36:9b)
Friend’s, where do you see and seek light?