I snapped this picture because I was captivated by sunlight filtering though the trees, surrounding my friend, Jan as he was setting up camp. That’s what light does: it captivates.
Light draws your attention like a moth to TV. Light creates shadow-play like a film noir mystery. Light dispels darkness like a Rembrandt painting.
Light also discloses what is always there, but hidden, just out of sight.
For the past two weeks I’ve been enjoying the light-plays in Yosemite and on the North Coast of California. As I write this blog, the maritime fog is rolling onto the coast like a massive down blanket. The fog seems to both shield and refract light, creating a more subdued, almost melancholic softness light that I find inspirational.
When Jesus is announced in the Gospel of John he is called the light of life and the light of the world. Think about it: the light of life and the light of the world. It’s like John compresses creation with redemption in a mash of metaphors. Just consider how John connects the light and life and Jesus in this sweeping statement:
Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
John 1:3-5 (The Message)
There is much that can be said about this inspired identity of Jesus, but I’ll just say this: All we see is not all there is, but there is a way to see. In and by and through the light of Christ we can see anew.
Jesus dispels the darkness and Jesus heals the blind, healing even those who think they see.
How’s your sight?