I sat at our table this morning, slowly drinking my coffee and reading through my Bible study and Lent reading, but I kept getting distracted as the light in the eastern sky gradually changed.
At first, everything was black and gray, lifeless, vague and indistinct. Objects were there, familiar to my eyes but still quite indistinct and without variation.
As the soft morning sun began to spread it's life-giving light to the world around me, things changed, almost imperceptibly at first, then rushed as if it couldn't hold back any longer.
Suddenly, everything was alive. The exquisite beauty of the different shades of green on each of the trees appeared and pierced me. I was awe-struck with the depth of the colors and spectrum that they embraced. There was beauty everywhere, having been created, but without light to show it off.
The sunlight also revealed the glaring flaws of a worn-down fence, weeds and repair work needing to be done to the house. When the darkness prevailed, it was hidden away, no one could notice the obvious work that needs to be done. It was easy to pretend that it wasn't there. It couldn't be fixed without the light.
We are like that, you and I. Capable of exquisite variation and beauty endowed by our Creator, but without Him, most of it will remain hidden, tucked away without the joy of it being revealed. We need Him to infuse us with His light to reveal the beauty that He created in us.
And, yes, we need Him to reveal the flaws... so that they can be fixed. Without His light, we stumble around, weighed down in the muck and mire, without hope of being cleaned up and fixed. We need Him to infuse us with His light to reveal the flaws in us.
Isn't it right that the first thing He spoke into existence, beginning the existence of time, is light?
And what does He refer to Himself as? The Light.
Happy day to you, sweet reader.