Day 1 of Creation: Light


Genesis 1:3-4 (NLT) 

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.



When I was little, I used to see how fast light would fill my room after turning on the light. I was fascinated by the way the light would chase away the darkness, yet intrigued at how rapidly the darkness would return when the light went away. I would play this game for several minutes before getting yelled at by Mom to stop so that I wouldn’t burn out the lightbulbs. (Side note: If you have incandescent or florescent bulbs you will burn them out by doing this. BUT, if you have LED lightbulbs you're cool to flip the light switch repeatedly. Have fun.).

When I was praying and reading this scripture about God creating light, I kept coming back to that child-like idea of God simply flipping on a light switch. I don't mean to downplay his ability by oversimplifying this act, but instead attempting to visualize the weight and authority of God's words within my human understanding. When God speaks, his creation is listening and it obeys immediately, without hesitation. In Isaiah 55:10-11 (NLT) the Lord said to Isaiah:

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

This same concept of the light switch being flipped on happened in my life when I discovered Jesus. I was living in a world of darkness where I stumbled blindly through life, chasing after things that didn’t matter and pursuing things that had no purpose. The day I discovered Jesus and placed my trust in him, in an instant, he chased out the darkness within my heart and replaced it with his light. Jesus brought order to the chaos that was happening inside of me, but it wasn't only for my benefit. Paul speaks about the role of this light in 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 (NLT):

“You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”

I’m here not to shine my own light, but to shine Jesus’s light that he placed within me. I hope that when others see my light, they can have a "light switch experience" in their lives as well. But know, that just like with actual light bulbs, we can burn out every now and then. This life is tough and challenges will come. Keep your bulbs fresh and connected to the switch. "Let there be light."

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