Early morning and not yet enough Autumn light to chase the shadows from the wall.
Attention caught by the flickering tiles of light playing on the wall, I knew that the sun was rising higher above the tree line behind me, soon the light would win, the shadow be vanquished., perhaps later on the wind would drop, the frenzied movement of trees would be stilled, the fascinating display of light and movement now showing for free on the wall would never be re shown in exactly the same way again, this was a one off!
Tucked away, there are two telescopes in my home, a reflector and a refractor, I can still, probably draw up a planetary orbit on paper if the mood takes me, watching the dancing light, thinking that it is n’t the movement of the sun that makes sunrise or sunset, but the movement of the earth, turning on its axis, this little verse from the first letter of St. John came readily to mind.
“God is light: in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5)
There is no movement with God, no shadow of turning, no variance, God is God and faithful.
The same can’t be said of us.
Like the trees, and whirling leaves, we can be swept up, blown and tossed on the winds of change, of chance and hot and cold air from all kinds of sources, not all winds and words come from the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of God.
It is the hardest thing for us to be still, still enough for the Light that is God to be reflected perfectly in any one of us, we are much more likely to be the tossed around tree branch that makes the dark shadows dance than a mirror of His glory.
The wondrous thing is He remains faithful, and in the darkest of our nights goes on shining, forgiving and drawing us Into fellowship with each other and with a His Son Jesus, who is “the Radiance of God’s a glory and the exact representation of His being” (Hebrews 1:3)
May God’s Sun shine on us all today, and may He make His face to shine on us!