Genesis 1:3-4: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”

The rainbow sits in the clouds; the sun, moon and twinkling stars are the jewels of the sky. We look up to see the light because our light sources generally come from up above, not from down below. In light of certain events, things can turn around and may look very different from what we’ve seen on the previous day. This is why we don’t give up hope: tomorrow has not happened just yet. Besides, being hopeless is never a good idea.

There are physical light sources, as mentioned above, and there is a spiritual light source. I believe that all light originates from the Trinity. God is light. He lights up the deepest darkness by bringing both physical and spiritual light into the world. Darkness does not bring about life and growth at all. That’s what light does. Light reveals while darkness keeps things hidden. Darkness does not have to be created. Darkness just is and represents the places where God is absent. Wherever God dwells, however, there is light.

When sunlight strikes a falling drop of water, it is refracted and creates beautiful rainbow colors. Life without light is not only dark, it’s colorless. If we look for the subtle differences in colors and hues, then we definitely need the assistance of light.

In the world of photography it is a commonly known fact that we owe depth perception and texture of two-dimensional images to the presence of shade in the picture. Darkness and light in tandem actually work as a great couple. The benefit of God’s separating light from the darkness is our ability to differentiate forms and textures of all things we see.

There is no reason to believe that we don’t need darkness at all. We welcome the nightfall at the end of a long working day. We all need a break. However, imagine there is no morning and the nightfall never ends. Darkness is only a blessing when we rest in the expressed hope that dusk is followed by dawn. If we stay with darkness too long, depression settles in. Darkness is not our friend, the Light of the World is.

Heaven is where we are headed when we keep looking for the Light of the World. Jesus emits light when we are in the dark; He is our GPS guiding us through the fog; and He is the reason why we are not losing it when all seems lost.

“If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time” Cyndi Lauper

Psalm 119:130: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

Snuffing out the light leaves us in the dark. Darkness is great for sleeping purposes. However, if we want to get somewhere, we need to be able to recognize our surroundings.

Sailors sailing the seven seas and Nomads traversing the Sahara Desert traditionally have relied on StarlightThe North Star or Pole Star – aka Polaris – is famous for holding nearly still in our sky while the entire northern sky moves around it. This is essential for our orientation when the sameness of the endless sea or desert wasteland won’t give us any hint as to which direction we’re going.

Life can be compared to sailing – with winds of opportunity arising, a storm brewing or a nice easy breeze coming our way. We will get lost at sea if we drift anywhere the wind blows. Sailing through life, we all need direction. So, we look up; and instead of studying the stars in the sky we study God Almighty. He is the eternal flame, the Holy One – Creator of the universe. Everything evolves around Him. Depending on how close we get to the source of all light we’ll see more and more what life is all about.

King David prayed (Psalm 119:130):

“The unfolding of your words gives light;”

The depth of God’s communication is astounding; His Word has so many layers. Studying His Word is similar to looking at a well-crafted piece of art from every possible angle. There is always something new to discover that we haven’t noticed before. God’s Word becomes more meaningful to us as we dig deeper. Giving us hope, His Word becomes our lifeline and provides us direction especially as we sail through stormy seasons.

God’s Word sheds light – and light is what we need to see clearly.