Remember the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark? As Indiana Jones explored amid the cobwebs he chose each step with care. Jones suspected the innocent-looking beam of sunshine streaming into the cave might be a trigger for a deadly trap and warned his nefarious guide, “Stop! Stay out of the light!” Then Jones ignored his own advice and lifted a hand into the light only to discover another treasure hunter who never recognized the danger.
We have the opposite command. We’re instructed to walk in the light. I enjoy gardening and hiking, activities that grow increasingly difficult as the light fades. Tripping hazards such as exposed tree roots (or a garden rake left on the path with the tines up!) lie in the shadows waiting to turn my pleasant experience into a painful one. Better for me to enjoy outdoor activities with the sun’s assistance!
…walk as children of Light
Ephesians 5:8 NASB (Selected)
but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NASB
Anyone who gardens understands the importance of light. Some plants need full sun while others prefer shade. A few easy-to-get-along-with varieties thrive in either or in mixed light. Already this spring I have identified my first fall chore to relocate a hydrangea struggling after the cutting of several neighborhood trees. The bush enjoyed its mostly sunny spot but now in the full torch of the afternoon and early evening sun it appears wilted by 3 p.m. I feel the pain.
Last fall we added a few plants to the corner of the living room where a south-facing window streamed sunlight all winter. Spring transformed the backyard into a shade garden and our indoor plants languished. To address the issue we designed and constructed a pole grow lamp. Check it out at DIY Pole Lamp and please email me with any questions on the project. A couple of plants already show signs of welcoming the daily pinkish-purple glow, and Shawn is delighted with the lamp.
From Genesis to Revelation the Bible communicates the importance of light. The Genesis record states that the first step of God’s creations was to speak light into existence. In His ordered design all other life would depend on that light.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-4 NASB
In the closing verses of Revelation God explains that one day the sun will no longer be necessary. The Lord Himself will be the light we need.
Rev_22:5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.
Take a few moments and find your place in the sun. Let the rays bath you in warmth while you give thanks for the light.
Oh, yes, apply sun screen if you plan to be there long.