Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent Day 2: Creation

Advent Day 2: Creation

Do you remember a time when the darkness was so piercing that your open eyes deceived you into thinking they were closed?  Your search for light was futile in the all-encompassing blackness. It may have made you laugh. It is a strange feeling afterall. Maybe in the stillness you thought of the light. Maybe you imagined the wonderful things in your life because of the light. But you knew your sight would return soon. And so you waited.

There was a time when that sort of darkness was not only in a room or a cave, but over all creation. Nothing but darkness. There was no form. Only empty nothingness.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep.” - Gen. 1:2

And then...

Light! Beautiful, shining, glorious light. An explosion of Brightness and Beauty. Purity. Warmth. Light.

You’ve heard these words before:

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.” -Genesis 1:3-4

And so God created. And so The Three rejoiced at their creation. They rejoiced at Their Light.

I don’t need to tell you that the darkness is going to return. You know the story.  But it won’t be the sun that fails to shine. The eyes of man will still behold the creation’s light and all the physical form it illuminates.
No, this time the darkness is going to come not to the eye, but to the heart.  This is a much more serious darkness because when it comes there is no joy. There is no hope. Those are the things of the Light.

Have you ever felt darkness in your heart? Fear or anxiety or pain or sadness?  It may feel like you are frozen. You may feel empty. Or, you may feel that the darkness is so close that you cannot breath. You might not be able to see a way out of the cave of your thoughts; or even where your next step should be. But God does not leave those He loves in the darkness. He promises. He promises that there is always (hear that again: ALWAYS) a way out of the darkness; and although you might have to wait, be patient. Because it WILL come.

Light will come.

How do I know this? Because it already did. Light has already won. It has been done. The glorious, beautiful pure Light shone even more brightly than on that first day of creation. It shone on the world and it shines in the hearts of all who love the Light.

“The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them” Isaiah 9:2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life,and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

Do you know the name of that Light? His name is Jesus. He was there in the beginning. He was there in the manger, He lives in your heart, and He will be there at the end of time. When no shadow remains. He is the Light.

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