Wednesday, December 29, 2010
We've made it! In this corner of the world, we've had our shortest day. Six months of increasing daylight is ours to enjoy. People with Seasonal Affective Disorder suffer most, but everyone has more zip on brighter days. We crave sunshine and light. In a black sky, if there is one splash of vivid sunset colour, where do we look? We can't help but look away from the darkness toward the beauty of that light. So why is the same not true in the spiritual realm?
In the wee hours of the morning many years ago, I came to the place in C. S. Lewis' The Silver Chair where the evil Queen lies to her captives that only Underland is real. Overworld does not exist and the sun they speak of is from a child's story. It's just a copy of the lamp in Underland. Lewis' characters overcome the enchantment and escape from the dark realm. But how many individuals live their entire lives on this earth believing the lies of the evil one - that what we see and experience with our physical sight is all there is? In his gospel, John quotes Jesus as saying, "Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light." (John 3:19 NIV)
At the start of a new year I'm anticipating fresh revelations and insights, increased light in my soul as God continues to do a new thing in the coming days. I welcome more daylight, but I'm greedy for that greater Light. In John 8:12, Jesus said,"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (NIV) The beauty of nature is a mere shadow of God's overworld, a realm of beauty beyond anything we can imagine.
Deliver us from every lie of the evil one, Father. Anoint our eyes with spiritual eye salve to recognize and realize all that you want us to see.