The “LIGHT” of the world.

Posted By on May 10, 2009


Anyone who knows me, knows that I see God in His creation.  Well today God’s creation spoke to me in church.

John 8:12: 12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

I am not really sure what song we were singing. I am not really sure what the preacher preached on. (Well I remember it was about real heroes).  But I clearly remember the lights in church.  No, I didn’t count the lights in the chandelier, I haven’t done that since high school. This really hit me.  I actually started to tear up a little bit.

No, this time it was different.  We have the gobies, (or whatever brand we have) lights in church and today they had them really spinning.  There was a part of the praise music where they were shining what appeared to me multi-pointed stars on the walls made of pink faded to purple.   Suddenly the verse above (and other light references in the bible hit me.)

Light is amazing: It is one of the few, perhaps the only, constant we have found in the universe.

Light is a paradox: It travels in both waves and particles.We can’t nail it down to just one.

Light  is the speed limit:  The speed of light is the fastest speed possible.  Actually, we believe that it would take an infinite amount of energy for a massive particle to reach the speed of light.  So we can’t get there.  (warp drive is interesting for sci-fi, but we don’t have any reason to believe it’s possible.)

All of this is amazing and interesting that the Christ chose to compare himself to this constant. But the big one that hit me today is that what we call light is a VERY small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum.  The wavelengths of light are from 10-6nm all the way to 1011nm.That’s an absolutely huge range of wavelengths and yet we can only see from 400nm to 700nm of that range.  We “see” just a tiny portion of light. All the rest of that is invisible. It’s around us every day, Infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, radio-waves, cell phones etc.  We can’t see it. We can’t hear it. We can’t perceive it at all.  It was like I suddenly started to see a tiny slice of heaven. Like it made sense.  Jesus is outside of our perceptions.  He’s outside of our hearing, seeing and comprehension.  But just because you can’t see, feel, touch or perceive that CB transmission running through your head right now, doesn’t mean it’s not there, or that the radio nearby won’t be able to pick it up. It just means our weak little bodies can’t perceive it all. You only get to see a tiny slice.

Maybe that’s heaven.  Maybe in heaven, we get our “heavenly eyes” and we can “see” it all.  Can you imagine what a rainbow looks like when the colors are multiplied by trillions.  Can you imagine what God looks like. The answer is, “No, you can’t.” No, you can’t imagine the color of Jesus’ eyes anymore than you can imagine the color of gamma rays. You have no idea what’s in store.  “Streets of gold.”  That’s just a feeble attempt and getting our little minds to get it.  We are made in His image, but we are only allowed to see a tiny slice of that image.  Just wait.

How amazing is my God!
If the beauty of my wife, daughter and son are any measure then I can only imagine…. and yet I can’t begin to fathom. -SL

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