June 3, 2010

Where Does Darkness End and Light Begin?

In taking Genesis bit by bit and sitting with it, it might seem that we have not gained much ground.  If that is what you have been thinking, let me explain with a metaphor.  There are beautiful ground covering plants made to spread rapidly; their root systems are superficial.  There are also plants made to grow tall; giving covering from a height while protecting the ground covering in many ways.  This plant must be stable so it grows slowly anchoring its roots deeply within the earth simotaniously reach toward the heavens.  This is what we are doing.  Are we gaining ground? ...Absolutley!  We are going deep and hanging on so that we can rise up with wisdom, understanding, encouragement, and support.

Let's review - When God began this "new thing" it had two elements heavens / earth.  The characteristics of the earth were: formless, void, darkness.  We know that this darkness was over the surface of the deep.  We know that the Spirit of God was moving over the surace of the waters (which is the deep).   We know that God says He spoke the words,"Let there be light" and he says it happened.  We have taken the time to think about if we believe these things to be true.  We have thought about not doubting which clouds our ability to transform our hopes into real things.  So Today, let's look at what clarity of vision, purpose through confident faith looks like.

Genesis 1:4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 

God imagined these designs in the depths of His mind.  God thought it all through just like He tells us to do when He says to count the cost, in Luke 14:28 (KJV)
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

So when this says that He saw that the light was good, He means that it was just like what He imagined.  It worked, it happened, it was complete.  AND He separated the light FROM the darkness. 

Today we are only going as far as "God saw the light was good".  The Hebrew word ra'ah is where we derived the english word saw.  Look at what this means: to see, look at, inspect, perceive and consider.
It also means to have vision, to look at, to regard and see after, to learn about, observe, watch, look upon, give attention to, discern and distinquish.  It means to cause to be seen, to exhibit, to cause to be seen by the other, face.

To truly see something we must use this complete sphere of sight or our view is distorted.  Think about this today "in the light".

I pray blessings and peace over you all for "this day".
With love in Christ,

I leave you with a poem to help you broaden your thoughts

Light of Darkness

Where to go? What to do?
Rambling around, in search of you.
Seeing dark shadows, chased by my fears,
Lost and lonely, anxiety appears.
Crouching in corners of self-defeat,
Shaking and shivering with my breath held deep.
I feel all is lost, my hope is now gone.
I give in, go under, and relax to quickly drown.
At first, I feel peace and the voices are gone,
Caught up in the undertow of quiet despair.
Depth, so consuming, ice cold, all alone.
A strong grip embraces and then force breaks me free,
Up, out and over, now my face feels the breeze.
Soaring on wings, my feet can’t touch down.
Power, so awesome that it saves the drowned.
Cared for, strengthened, and ready to fight,
Gently, courageously, we seek day and night.
Running, crawling or down on my knees…
Eyes and ears searching: for someone in need.
Many are hopeless and few see the light…
Darkness shall perish, even at night.

by Candace Huffmaster ©