Our God-Reflections: John 8:12 and Matthew 5:14

About ten years ago, I became intrigued by God as the light of the world. What does that look like?

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 
John 8:12, NIV
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14, NIV

My first thought was that our sun, the light around which our earth makes its orbit, is a picture of God. My next question was, “How do I reflect His light?” And I thought of the moon, which produces no light on its own, but reflects that of the sun. Even nature reflects God’s relationship with us!

Here’s my poem, with visuals.

GOD IS OUR LIGHT SOURCE: MOONSHINE

The moon shines in the darkness.

This statement could be considered inaccurate because the moon has no capacity
to produce and emit rays of light, therefore it cannot “shine.”

The moon shines in the darkness.

This statement could be considered accurate if the intended definition of “shine” is
“to be bright by reflection of light.”

The moon shines in the darkness.

The “shining” originates from the sun,
which is the source of light and warmth.

The moon shines in the darkness.

It is when it is dark—devoid or partially devoid of light—that the moon seems to shine.
When it is dark, even a tiny or pale light is clearly visible.
It draws the eye. It provides relief from the darkness.

Lord, the source of all light and warmth, may I be a moon for you.


Photo credits, L-R: David Cantelli, Hazel Aksoy, Johny Goerend, and Mike Labrum on Unsplash

For our music this week, I chose “Light of the World, Sing Hallelujah,” by We The Kingdom.

For our music this week, I chose “Light of the World, Sing Hallelujah,” by We The Kingdom.

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