Thankfulness – Day 4


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Creator God,

Today I am grateful for Your marvelous creation. You have provided us with a variety of beauty all over this planet. Thank you for the oceans, mountains, and sandy beaches. Thank you for the sunrises, sunsets, and beautiful skies. Thank you for the sun, moon, and stars. Thank you for trees, flowers and a variety of wildlife. And thank you for mankind. Please help me remember to see You in everything.

Nehemiah 9:6

“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

Jeremiah 32:17

“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.”

May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth! (Psalm 115:15)

 

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Pi, Nature, and God’s Love


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Today is 3/14/15. Some have decided to call it Pi day (π), after the number. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is equal to 3.14159265358979323846… (the digits go on forever without repeating). π is infinite. Perhaps the reason this equation goes on forever is circles have no beginning and no ending. When I consider this mathematical concept I’m reminded that our Creator and His perfect love are infinite. God wants us to know this fact. So, our Creator has placed in nature ways to help us get to know Him. I discovered one of these ways when I opened up my Bible to read Genesis 1.

 Genesis 1:1–5

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. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

 Genesis 1:16–19

God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

What? Back up! If God did not make the sun, moon, and stars until the fourth day, what was the light on the first day of creation? I went back to verses 1–5 again. The light was there first. Then, God spoke everything else into existence. I had to know more.

As I explored the concept of light, I came to know our glorious Creator in a most remarkable way. Stick with me through a little technical jargon. It will help us understand the many meanings of light and how those meanings help us understand the attributes of God. I promise you will be rewarded for your time.

  •  The Speed of Light. Light travels very quickly, 186,282 miles per second.[i] The photons of light travel in a straight line, and go on (theoretically) forever. Consider how far light travels from distant galaxies. Light is infinite, just as God and His love are infinite. Light is coming to us in the fastest and most direct way possible—that is a straight line.[ii] God is available to us in the fastest and most direct way possible too—with just a prayer.
  •  Visible Light. The light we can see is part of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. This spectrum is radiation and is divided into types of waves. EM radiation carries energy, called photons.[iii] The waves we can see are visible light and are between certain frequencies near the middle of the EM spectrum. Jesus is with you even though you can’t see Him.
  •  Color. Each frequency is a different color. In 1670, Sir Isaac Newton demonstrated that white light is composed of all the colors of the spectrum by refracting sunlight through a prism.[iv] White light is the presence of all color, so light is the exclusive source of color in the world. When light disappears, color fades.[v] Colors are made of wavelengths. When we see colors we see the wavelengths of light that are not absorbed by the object.[vi] Black is the absence of color,[vii] or the absence of light.
  •  Sight. Without the gift of light, sight would be meaningless. The ability to see begins when light enters your eyes.[viii] Without God’s gift of light, there would be no sight.

Back to Scripture. In John 1 we learn more about light and “the beginning.”

 John 1:1–5, 9

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”

Light is a metaphor for our Savior. This metaphor is used early in the life of Jesus. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to present Him at the temple on the eighth day, as required by Jewish law and tradition. In Luke 2:25–32 we find Simeon, a righteous and devout man, enlightened by God. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said,

 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32

 

In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” This light goes on forever, just as the love of God never ends.

Once we understand that Jesus is light, and light is infinite, we begin to better understand the attributes of God. When we turn to the end of the Bible, in the last chapters of Revelation, we get a glimpse of the New Jerusalem, our heavenly home and we see that light comes from God.

Revelation 21:22-24

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

 Revelation 22:5

“There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”

Take a look at math, science, and nature. What other ways is our Creator expressing himself?

May your day be filled with infinitely beautiful, life-giving, and loving light

Adapted from: Follow the Light, Week One, by Julie Garro, Crossbooks Publishing, October 2013.

 

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[i] Brown, T., & Spilman, A.K. (2013). Light. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from
http://www.worldbookonline.com/pl/infofinder/article?id=ar323260

[ii] Wood, Robert, Physics for Kids, 1990, Tab Books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA

[iii] Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition, s.v. “light,” accessed July 26, 2013,http://library.eb.com.arlingtontx.idm.oclc.org/eb/article-9110443.

[iv] Domski, M. (2013). Newton, Sir Isaac. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from
http://www.worldbookonline.com/pl/infofinder/article?id=ar390180

[v] Lauber, Patricia, What Do You see and How Do You See It? Crown Publishers, New York, NY 1994

[vi] Domski, M. (2013). Newton, Sir Isaac. In Public Libraries. Retrieved from
http://www.worldbookonline.com/pl/infofinder/article?id=ar390180

[vii] Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition, s.v. “color,” accessed July 26, 2013,http://library.eb.com.arlingtontx.idm.oclc.org/eb/article-9273736.

[viii] Lauber, Patricia, What Do You see and How Do You See It? Crown Publishers, New York, NY 1994

The Sound Of God’s Voice


 John 10:27

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

On October 7th, I posted “God Sings For You.” One of the comments got me to thinking about how beautiful the sound of God’s voice is. I had not really thought about what His voice sounds like before. Does God sound like James Earl Jones, or is He soft-spoken, or does it depend on the circumstance? Perhaps God’s voice sounds like the sweetest music you have never heard before. 

Exodus 19:19

As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.

The more I think about it, the more I think God allows us to hear His voice through other people. I think I’ve heard God’s voice when the doctors and nurses helped my son when he was in ICU. I heard God’s voice when friends prayed for us. I heard God’s voice when someone offered congratulations to me. I know I heard God’s voice when my newborn baby started to cry.

We can hear God in nature also, if we listen. Consider the last beautiful day. Were you too busy to stop and enjoy God for a moment? He was there, in the gentle breeze, in water cascading down rocks, and in the sounds of birds tucked away in the trees.

Psalm 50:1

The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.

Psalm 29:3

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.

Ezekiel 43:2

and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.

I think we can hear God’s voice if we will just stop to listen. It’s the sound of everything beautiful and good.

If we can hear God, perhaps there are circumstances where we can touch God also. But that’s another post.

Many blessings on your day.

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DANCING LIGHTS


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Did you know the earth makes light? The earth’s magnetic poles and radiation from the sun team up to create the phenomena known as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The sun’s radiation creates charged ions in the atmosphere. When the charged ions release an electron, they also release light. The Northern lights are generally seen only in the polar regions of earth. However, if atmospheric conditions are right, they can be seen as far south as the mid-latitudes. (There are also Southern Lights, called Aurora Australis.) The ancients developed many myths and legends surrounding the Aurora Borealis, but today we understand these displays are more proof of God’s incredible creativity and master plan.

Numerous verses tell us about the God’s incredible creation:

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. Genesis 2:1

God has set the rhythm of the days and seasons, and they will not be changed. Genesis 8:22

God causes the things necessary for life to be sustained. Psalm 104:14-21

The animals know what the Lord has done. Job 12:7-9

When was the last time you were amazed at God’s creativity? Take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty God has given us.

Walk In His Light,

Julie

(An Exceprt from Follow the Light)