Source of Light
"Yes, I know all that. You're not telling me anything new. But how can a man be truly good in the eyes of God? If God decides to argue with him, can a man answer even one question of a thousand he asks? For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever opposed him successfully?
"Suddenly he moves the mountains, overturning them in his anger. He shakes the earth to its foundations. The sun won't rise, the stars won't shine, if he commands it so! Only he has stretched the heavens out and stalked along the seas. He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the constellations of the southern Zodiac.
"He does incredible miracles, too many to count." Job 9:1-10 (TLB)
Don't hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see; so that they will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16 (TLB)
Douglas "Rusty" Brown lives in South Carolina. On a clear night he took their dog outside. The sky was beautiful. "Rusty" often feels a sense of awe for God's creation, particularly when many stars and planets are visible in the night sky. How vast it is! He also feels a connection with Job who marveled at the constellations of Orion and the Great Bear, all of which "Rusty" sees thousands of years after Job did.
Another feature of the night sky that amazes "Rusty" is that the objects that appear the brightest, the moon and some of the planets like Venus and Jupiter, do not produce their own light, the moon and visible planets have no intrinsic light of their own. Instead they reflect light from the sun.
In a similar manner, we shine the brightest when we reflect the light of God. If we will allow the Holy Spirit to help us stay attuned to God and to Jesus Christ, we will be better able to reflect that light to others. Even when things all around us seem dark, God and God's Son are an incredible source of light for humankind.
Prayer: Creator of our vast universe, help us to remember that you are the source of light for our lives, in Jesus' name. Amen.