GodReflection: Share It Again
My childhood desert town is on the map because of its proximity to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. As a family my parents took great pleasure to take any visitors hosted in our home on the two-and-a-half-mile tour inside the cave. We kids always went along.
The town was proud of their tourist treasure. All knew the story how the cowboy rancher Jim White found the cave one evening as he rode to investigate smoke on the horizon only to discover a dark cloud formed as millions of bats emerge from the cave’s mouth in search of a night’s worth of insects for their meal.
Before handheld recorder tours, Park Rangers told the story of the huge cavern as each one guided a small group through the cave. My initial tour with one of those rangers was my first time to feel dark. I mean really feel dark.
At one point deep into the heart of the stalactite cavern we all sat on rock benches—AND the Park Ranger gave the signal to turn out the lights. The unbroken darkness penetrated every thought and pore. We were blind until a flip of the switch allowed light to break in anew.
It is around this time of the year when my circular tour of Scripture brings me back to the Book of Genesis. The book opens with a song—the Song of Creation.
Two thoughts strike me.
First, the song begins with the description of deep black darkness before it abruptly declares, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God breaks into darkness. With Holy light shining God begins to create. The Creator forms light to make creation possible.
Thought two. Ever since the command for light introduces the Book of Genesis, God continues to be about the business of breaking into darkness.
As light escaped from the open tomb, Jesus becomes the window for God’s light to break into my heart to begin the Holy process of illumination.
Here is what I think. I like the idea of God searching for inviting hearts where He can create light. As He breaks into darkness light appears. His light begins to do its work.
Like a cavern, God created my heart with a network of passageways and rooms. Together, I join with God in the life work of heart illumination. Only He can break into the dark. Only I can submit my darkness to Him.
God’s work is to penetrate darkness by breaking in with light. My assignment is to open dim passages and submit darkened heart rooms to His cleansing light.
With each submissive gesture on my part, God again gets to create light. My best guess is that Holy God still says, “It’s good.”
Don’t you think it’s neat to see all these gazillion years later, God is still ready to turn darkness into light and declare, “Let there be light?”
This week we find ourselves in the designated days of Holy Week on the Christian Calendar. It is a good time to remember again the act of God as He breaks into our world with the light of Jesus. And just think—each time God breaks into darkness with a penetration of Holy light a new creation begins! And He still says, “it’s good.”
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
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