In other words…

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

In other words…

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“When God began creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors. Then God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And light appeared.”

Or how about:

“O Lord God! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power; nothing is too hard for you!”  (Jeremiah 32:17)

So what do you think He could accomplish with your chaos…?

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The Sanctuary

quillIt amazes me, awes me beyond my ability to appreciate, the fact that as beautiful as the sanctuary of God’s created universe is, we are now His sanctuary, His tabernacle, each of His disciples individually and collectively as his Church. How can that be?? And yet, He declares it to be so! (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) I don’t understand it, but who am I to argue?  Here is another beautiful Continue reading “The Sanctuary”

Not yet over the rainbow

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I had never seen a double rainbow until Bob and I were on our honeymoon (a L-O-N-G time ago), so obviously, double rainbows are kind of special to me personally. 

One of the first things that the Bible records of God creating is light.  I’m not an engineer (both my dad and one of my brothers are, does that count??) but I think I remember a few things about light that are worth noting:

  1. It’s one of the fastest things in the universe. How they figured out what the speed of light actually is, I have no idea.  Faster than a speeding bullet (yeah, I’m old); faster than my husband in the morning (which isn’t saying much.)  Bottom line: it’s pretty quick
  2. Light is powerful. Too much can blind you, but focused light, as with a laser scalpel in a surgeon’s hands, brings healing.  Without it, food will not grow, but too much and the garden withers.
  3. What we normally experience with light is not really all there is. When it hits a prism—voila!  A rainbow.  In other words, there’s more to light than what meets the eye.

I find it intriguing that light was one of God’s first (recorded) ideas.  This gives me a clue as to its importance, not just in my daily walking around life, but as to my inward life as well.  Perhaps more so.  Probably more so.  No, definitely so.  Light—that is, understanding, clarity, wisdom—is integral to life.

  1. God’s light, His clarity, wisdom, enlightening kick in the pants (in other words, whatever form it takes) is the fastest distance between two points. No runarounds or red tape or beating around the bush or whatever other metaphors we choose.  God’s way is the best way, getting us to what He had in mind when He created each individual in the first place; however,…
  2. God’s illumination, His truth, may have to cut through the bricks and mortar of the walls we have erected around ourselves (or have allowed others to do so), such as deception, or fear, toxic relationships, confusion.  And that usually kinda hurts, but…
  3. There’s more happening with the God’s light that we can readily see, at least at first. As I heard expressed so long ago, the question is not “why me?” but “to what end?”. 

As light was the first order of business in creation, so His light is of the highest necessity to me now, moment by moment, in each encounter and situation.  And eventually, even if I can’t (and usually don’t) answer all the questions now, when His light hits eternity, I’ll see that His rainbow was doing its work all the time.