“How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings. We feast on the abundant food you provide; you let us drink from the river of your goodness. You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light.” Psalm 36: 7-9 GNT
Imagine your world without light. Getting up each day to total darkness. Never seeing the beauty of a sunrise or sunset. Never watching the enduring crocus push its way up through the cold snow in the Spring. Picture your life without the lush green meadows of the Summer, the trees dropping their colourful leaves in the fall, or the echoing song of the robin in the early spring.
Each of these rich moments of life that we take for granted are all part of a world that displays light. We would not know of any of these things in the total absence of light. The light gives life to the things we enjoy day in and day out. This light that we see is because our God is light. There is no darkness in Him. Because of His light, we see all of the things that surround us that reveal that light is at work in the earth. As True light, He is the source of life. He shows up and things live. He is displayed and the green meadows flourish. Have you ever considered this? Everything in nature reveals God. He is not hidden, He is all around you. He is painting you a picture of life continually, do you notice?
But even beyond this, He reveals to us a constant love as well. As if, painting the skies with His glory is not enough, He reveals a constant and precious love. A love that is rare and costly, a love that should not be taken for granted but received with the utmost respect and worth that it deserves. This love protects and provides for me, day in and day out, all that I will ever need to be safe and cared for. It is not a false safety but a sure place of safety to all who will take refuge in Him. You see, I can tell you a storm is coming and to come into my house to get out of the storm, but you are only as safe as the ability of my house to protect you. Should the winds be stronger than my home, then your safety is compromised. However, God’s promise of safety is not based upon the severity of the storm. His promise of safety is a sure thing to anyone who comes under His arm of protection. While safe, they are also provided for. Nothing will be lacking to the man or woman who truly makes God their refuge.
Why do we seek life in the places that life cannot be found? There is no light without Him. Only darkness. He is the source of all light and because of Him, you and I get to see light. We get to experience true safety, we are provided for, and receive all that comes with being hidden in Him.
Today I am grateful that God is light. I cannot imagine my life in the absence of light. I confess that I have taken this light for granted and many times have not seen life when life was blooming all around me. My failure to see life, and light has been my failure to see God, for He is life and true light. May I have the ability to see Him in places I have not even looked for Him from this day on. Thank you God for your enduring Word which is life.