Ever have a little old digital camera…
A car full of cousins….
And an extensively long drive ahead of you?
Part of keeping myself entertained (besides doodling on a dry erase board and kidding around with my cousin) was looking out the window.
The clouds were so beautiful. You know the classic ‘something heavenly is going to descend, I know it!’ cloud thing was totally going on that day. Though Jesus did not choose to make His return at that time, I did manage to take some nice sky/car window pictures (Sorry for the streaks!)
The sun’s blasting, beaming light is so powerful. It overcomes the photos.
The sky is so blue, and the grass so green. Is it weird I just want to run through it?
In the same way the sun overcomes these road trip photos and makes all the clouds gathered around it glow with ‘silver lineing’, Christ overcomes all else, when looking honestly at who He is.
In a classic hymn, there is a verse that goes ‘turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace”
The Bible even says how Moses’ face, after he had come down from mount Sinai, actually shone radiantly because of his talking with God! When the people saw him, they were terrified, so he had to put on a vile until it faded.
Saul (the Apostle Paul’s name before he was saved), was knocked down like a domino on his way to persecute Christians– Acts 9:3-8 says, “As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.”
After that encounter with Jesus Himself and seeing the Light for the very first time, Saul believed. He went from “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”, to faithfully preaching the divinity and Lordship of Christ to everyone he could until he was finally put to death for it.
Though he was stricken temporarily blind, it was, for him, really the clearest he had ever seen before. Though without sight, he was powerfully and fully overcome by the awesome light and glory of Christ.
Now, these days, we don’t get visions and signs of heaven opening up before us. Though unlike Paul, we have not only the Old Testament, which all speaks of Christ, but also the New Testament, containing the teaching and preaching of Jesus Himself, that we may see the Light and believe!
And when we believe, like the clouds surrounding the sun, we reflect the Light.
We are to be imitators of God.
“Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps.” -1 Peter 2:21
One of my past Sunday school teachers once explained how life is like a movie. And God is the main character. There are some supporting roles– maybe you’ll see the back of Moses’ head for half a second. But we’re sort of a quick blur, and even the most prominent of us (think David, or Paul) are only a tiny flash on the screen, and that it is all really about God.
I never forgot that.
I might not be the star of this show– and by all means, I’d just mess it up. I’m not worthy to have ANY role…. If I had auditioned, I’d have failed. God GAVE me my part in it. I am honored to have my name written in the book of life since before the world began. I can’t fathom it, or earn it or explain it. But I am so thankful.
Light changes things. I think you know which Light I mean!