Monday, January 02, 2006

Praise God for Light

Genesis 1:3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.

The Bible is an amazing book. Some of the greatest events are told with such elegant simplicity and forthrightness. Verse 3 of the first chapter of Genesis is a prime example.

God simply spoke light into existance.

But, what a marvelous event that was on so many levels. You can't have life without light. You can't measure time without light with which to measure movement. You could never enjoy God's handiwork without light. The Hubble telescope would be useless without light.

One of my interests is digital photography. So, I have spent many hours studying the nature of light and I find it a fascinating subject that always leads me to praise the God that created it.

When we think of "light", we generally are generally referring to that part of the light wavelength spectrum that our eyes can see. But, in actual fact, light wavelengths extend out in both directions from that narrow band. God could have chosen to limit 'light' to a single wavelength. But, miraculously and thankfully, He didn't.

Ponder the blessings of multi-wavelength light. Vividly red sunsets, deep blue waters, the lush greens after a rain, rocks that glow and spectacular butterflies are just a few of the blessings God has bestowed on us through His creation of a wide spectrum of wavelengths.

Consider also the wonderful results of the fact that light can be bent. Microscopes bend light o allow us to see God's miniature world of microbes. Telescopes bend the light from distant stars to allow us to gather it and concentrate it for our enjoyment.

The ancient Egyptians once worshipped the Sun god. But, what a pitifully small god that was in comparision to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph who created the light that made billions upon billions of suns possible. What a marvelous God we worship.


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