Monday, November 27, 2006

Illumination



Illumination, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
While traveling with my family last Fall, we came upon this beautiful valley in Letchworth State Park.

Teere was a huge rain storm that cleared up just as we entered into the 13 mile park that is called the Grand Canyon of the East. It was probably the high point of our vacation to Niagara Falls. (Ironic that Niagara wasn't the high point.)

Lately I have been thinking a lot about light. In this picture, look at how the sun seems to bring life into the upper right hand corner of the photo. This whole valley is filled with color but only the spot where light is shining is fully appreciated.

Last night, my friend cameron talked about advent at church. He talked about how Jesus is the logos and the light. Until we allow ourselves to be vulnerable under the light of Jesus, none of our beauty will fully be made manifest. And when we let that light emanate from us to others, we help them to see both the beauty and the ugliness that potentially lie in the darkness. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Are you letting the light of Christ shine into you and bring out the beauty that He has built into you? And, are you allowing the streams of living water to emanate from you to bring light and healing to others?

2 comments:

Kelly said...

Hey Billy.. It's Kelly at the GCM office. I just wanted to let you know your bolg is such a source of encouragement. I love it! Thanks for sharing it..

Anonymous said...

hey! beautiful picture! and great thoughts...i just finished reading noel's post of Ted Haggard's letter apologizing to his church...this really brings more perspective even to what you're saying: about bringing everything out of the dark, and into the light of Jesus. we need so much more of his light in our lives!!