Sunday, February 11, 2007

darkness and light

I am putting this out there without even thinking it through because it struck me as fascinating. This afternoon around lunch the girls were getting their 'weekend television allotment (we do not allow them tv during the week). They were watching 'Toy Story 2." C made much of the bright sun in the space. (Her comment makes little sense if you haven't seen the beginning of the movie where there is a Buzz Lightyear video game being played. However, I wanted to credit her as the source of this enlightenment (ahahaha).)

For some reason, her comment struck me and I realized that when we see images of the sun from/in space we see a ball of light surrounded by darkness. The wattage of the sun has no impact in the vastness of darkness that is space. The light of the sun must hit something or be approached closely (relative to the hugeness of space) in order for the light to be realized.

I suppose faith works that way. Our faith doesn't matter unless we live it in a way that it's light hits something or more importantly - someone. It is especially important since we aren't the source (what a pitifully weak even non-existent source we would be) but rather we are the reflection of or the lens through which something more powerful than a million of our suns is given this world

What is most fascinating is the vastness of space. It is boggling to consider the light of something with as much wattage of the sun being lost. I wonder if we would act differently if we saw sin that way?

Fascinating isn't it? Consider that God could light it all if He chose to. Yet He asks us to walk out with our little flashlights pointing the way to others. Saying "See how dark it is out here in sin? Follow me and I will show the source of light." Do you think He wants us to appreciate what He is saving us from?

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  1. Very deep musings. And very interesting to think about. I'm not sure I have anything else to add, but to agree. HE is the source of light for us. We can humbly reflect.
    Amen.

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  2. I suppose faith works that way. Our faith doesn't matter unless we live it in a way that it's light hits something or more importantly - someone.

    ME, what a beautiful way to put that...and I think that is the first time I've heard that particular thought expressed...or at least it is the first time I've noticed it :)

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  3. I think it is part of being humbled by what he's saving us from most defineately... if we aren't humbled by it, we should be!
    Great photos in the post below btw!
    and re: my basement.. they'll shovel it out some more than warm up the ground with a heater to pour the basement in!
    hugs and prayers!
    Amy

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  4. Oooooooo thanks.

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  5. Sometimes the world just seems like winter will never end ..

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