Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Light and Dark

The other day, I was driving down the road when I had a thought.  I think I was listening to Light of the World from Chris Tomlin's Christmas CD, "Glory In the Highest." 

Wait.  Am I the only one who listens to Christmas music in July??  I digress.

My thought process is not always logical so please don't require me to explain how I went from singing about the light of the world to contemplating the philosophical implication and overall definition of darkness....but I did.

It's back to 8th Grade Science.  Items and colors that we see are a direct result of that object's ability to either absorb or reflect light.  (Have I ever mentioned that I was a science major in college through my junior year?  I was going to major in biotechnology and genetics.  Science is like second nature to me.  It makes sense and so, I often think in terms of science.)

We see because of light.

That is worth repeating: we see because of light.

And that day, as I was driving down the road, the word light reminded me of...darkness. 

The definition of darkness is the absence of light or illumination.

I was immediatley reminded of the verse in 2 Corinthians 6:14 that says:

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

I think it is ironic that the definition of darkness is dependant on the very existence of light.  Remember, darkness is the absence of light. 

Not the other way around.  Light exists.  It fills space and it creates colors.  It IS.

The very next verse in that passage in 2 Corinthians says, "What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?"

Belial is the devil in case you didn't know.  The devil is also known as the prince of darkness in some Christian folklore. 

It must be weird to be the prince of darkness and know that you exist only because there is light.

And that Christ is the light of the world.

If we are born in Christ, then we are a new creation.  Part of being that new creation is that the light resides in our heart.  If we have light in our heart, then there is no place for darkness...which can only reside where there is no light.

We see because of light. 

Maybe it's just me.

That is pretty profound.

And if this has been too heavy for you, please click over to my photography page.  I posted the rest of the pictures from my photoshoot last week.  That should make you smile.  In case you haven't noticed, my nephew has the BEST hair around :-)

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  1. Fascinating.

    I had never thought of it the way you put it... how it must make the devil feel even more insignificant...and think he exist only because of the light.

    And to think...that Light is in us.


  2. Very cool analogy, not being a science person I have to stretch my brain a little, but I do remember that about light. Never thought about the Prince of Darkness and the Light of the World in that way. I agree with Critty, it must make him feel even more insignificant than he already does.

  3. Hi Erin!
    First of all, what a great post. I've never thought of it that way, and that is pretty profound. And, I love a good Christmas song at any time of the year! I could listen to an a cappella "Oh, Holy Night" over and over, even in August. :)

    I wanted to stop by your site after reading your comment on InCourage this morning. I think we might have a somewhat similar story and I thought it would be great to connect with you. I've just started staying consistent with my blog in the last few weeks. I'm basically using it as a place to share my heart and untangle my thoughts, so I was really excited to see someone who might have dealt with some of the same struggles as me.

    By looking around on your site It looks like you're doing very well!

  4. Hey friend, this is super profound, and I love it because I have had these same thoughts. love to you on this Monday! How ya doing???? muah! --Steph

  5. Love this, and I totally agree with Critty how frustrated that must make the Devil. I find a good laugh in that.

    I also had to laugh, because just as I clicked to read this Oldest was singing the 12 Days of Christmas - cosmically connected?