Obvious and Mysterious
The Light Series – Part 1

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“I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light…”

Maybe it’s because I’ve just finished reading, “All The Light We Cannot See”; or its because I’ve been binging “The Path” on Hulu, or perhaps it was the conversation I had last week with my Chiropractor/Kinesiologist; I cannot get the idea of “light” out of my mind.

In the beginning, before there was any material form to the world; before he created anything else, while matter was still an idea in the mind of God, he bellowed out across the expanse:

“Let there be light…”

Scientists refer to light as both obvious and mysterious. We can see it, but trying to figure out how it works? That’s challenging. Whenever they think they’ve got it figured out, light beautifully surprises them. Across time, many well-respected scientists have made many different, and often opposing, theories about light; from Pythagoras to Maxwell, to Newton, to Einstein, and many in-between. Think about that for a second. Something we can all agree exists, but that the experts can’t agree on how it works, no matter how convincing and empirical their data and findings seems to be.

Could we say the same of the Divine?

Here are a couple of things we know for sure about light.

It's the fastest ‘thing’ on/in the universe. It travels at a speed of 186000 miles per second. Every second, it circles almost eight times around the world.

(“Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? To be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, you’d find me in a minute — you’re already there waiting!” Ps 139:7-10 MSG.)

“Scientists refer to light as both obvious and mysterious. We can see it, but trying to figure out how it works? That’s challenging. Whenever they think they’ve got it figured out, light beautifully surprises them.

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For plants to grow healthy and strong, to maintain optimum nutrition and mineral content, they need light from the sun to shine upon them.

(“For in him we live and move and have our being.” Paul, Acts 17:12 NIV.)

Light is not singular in color but is made up of all existing colors. Every single color bar none, when joined and stirred together; when they hold each other and mix into one one another, they make the color of light.

(“For though we are many, we’ve all been mingled into one body in Christ. This means that we are all vitally joined to one another, with each contributing to the others.” Paul, Romans 12:5 TPT.)

“I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light…” Jesus, John 8:12.

Obvious yet deeply mysterious.

Written by Liz Milani

1 Comment

  1. Emmanuel

    Hello Lizzy,
    I'm PhD student doing his research in Quantum Physics. I would like to add something else about light, which is, as Christian, really amazing.

    From Einstein we know that time is not universal, but depends on the referential. Actually, depending on the speed you have, your “local” time can be different. The faster you go, the slower time flows. Until the ultimate limit :

    At EXACTLY the speed of light, which is as you said the ultimate limit of anything (nothing can travel faster and you cannot reach this speed if you have a mass), the time freezes completely! It does not flow anymore! That is what is predicted by the special relativity theory of Einstein (1905), theory that has been tested and validated so far (the GPS won't be able to work without considering that the time is not universal and depends on your speed).

    As a Christian, that has always amazed me, coz the Bible says that God is the light of the World and is eternal, and Science found that if you travel at the speed of light EXACTLY there is no time anymore!!! That's pretty amazing.

    Have a blessed week ahead,

    Emmanuel

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