Light Seen And Unseen

September 24, 2021
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Genesis 1:3 – And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (NIV)

Psalm 104:2a – [The Lord] wraps himself in light as with a garment. (NIV)

1 Timothy 6:15b-16 – The Lord of lords who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. (NIV)

Are you ever amazed or surprised at what light reveals to your human eye? There is a small glass prism that sits on my kitchen windowsill. Sometimes, when the afternoon sunlight hits the prism just right, the bending of the light results in a beautiful display of the colours of the light which my eye can perceive.

During a recent visit to an excellent science museum, I was shown the iridescent colours on a moth that could be seen by my human eye only because they were revealed by an ultraviolet light. Without this "black light" shining, the moth could hide in the dark and not be seen by me. Minerals in rocks are also revealed by the same black light. Our Creator has given to our eyes the ability to see just what we need to see. Others in His creation are able to perceive things that our human eyes cannot see because their eyesight is sensitive to a different portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Our Creator gives to their perception what they need for their life and survival.

Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

Acts 13:47 – For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth." (NIV)

Afternoon light rays shining through narrow slits of venetian blinds were fascinating to me when I was a small child. When I was supposed to be napping on my grandmother's bed, I instead enjoyed singing the Sunday School song about sunbeams. There was a refrain, "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, to shine for Him each day", and I wondered how that could be. Since then, I have come to realize that the light of God is the source of the beauty within the ones who have opened their hearts and lives to the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. That light illuminates the dark places and reveals beauty of life previously unseen and unimagined.

Let us endeavour to be godly prisms that make visible the beautiful sunbeams of God's love, so that others will see them, too.

John 1:4 – In him was life, and that life was the light of men. (NIV)

Prayer: Our Father and Creator of light, thank You for the gift of perception. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for giving us the light of salvation through Your Holy Spirit. Use us as Your prisms and shine Your light through our lives for Your glory. Amen.

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Sharon Lundquist <lundquistsharon4@gmail.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thanks for the encouraging words, Sharon.


    You’re spreading your wings! Isn’t writing devotionals a wonderful and fun outlet for creative thinking?


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Yes! Let’s let God’s light shine through us! Blessings.


    Good morning, Sharon,
    Thank you for the lovely reflection on light!
    Blessings on you and your day.


    Thank you, Sharon for this creative and informative devotional. I remember that song well and will probably be singing it in my head all day.


    Grateful, Sharon, for this medley of your memories and the scriptures that shed light on…LIGHT today. Thank you for your ongoing inspiration in writing.


    Hi Sharon
    This is so true and beautiful to see the different colors. May we all shine for Him.
    God bless.


    Merci Sharon for the insights.
    Reading this devotional induced reflective thoughts. One is “LET your light shine before men” with the emphasis on LET. In MLK’s 1963 Freedom speech he closed with “when we LET it ring.”


    Oh Sharon, what an awesome devotional you have written. It so resonated with me on so many levels. Several years ago, we helped our granddaughter with a blacklight project, so those references jumped at me!
    When my husband and I led choirs at our church many years ago, we started a ‘Sunbeam Choir’ for 3-5 year-olds. Bet you can guess their theme song!
    Thank you for encouraging us to think of our ‘light’ shining for Him…as: “godly prisms that make visible the beautiful sunbeams of God’s love, so that others will see them, too.”


    Good morning, Sharon,
    Great quotes and reminder of how important light is to us in this world and how we can be God’s instrument of His light in this world. I too have prisms in many of windows and love to watch the rainbows on my walls. I love stained glass for the beauty when the light shines through.
    I don’t know this song about sunbeams, so I looked it up. It is a very positive song. Thank you for sharing about your experience with different kinds of light and as a child at your grandmother’s home.
    As I join with you in your prayer, may God use all his followers as the light to shine to others to offer comfort, hope, peace, love, and joy. May you continue to be a sunbeam for Jesus. Blessings.

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