Come to the Light

The human mind is a testimony to incredible creative design of God. I live in a state of amazement at the way my mind works. I struggle to remember what I did yesterday, but can clearly remember information from more than fifty years ago.

A recent conversation served as a classic example of this phenomena. I was having morning coffee and talking with friends. We were discussing recent storms and how the flowers and plants around our village had been effected. One gentleman shared about a recent storm that had blown down several tall flowers. They had lain on the ground for several days when he noticed flowers on several stems had turned upward and were bending toward the sun.

In a flash, I recalled a lecture I had given as a high school biology teacher some five decades earlier.  The lecture was about ‘phototropism’, which is a directional response that allows plants to grow toward a source of light. I recalled with surprising detail much of the material in the lesson. My friends politely listened to more information than they really cared to hear.

I have been blessed across most of my adult life to be both a teacher and a minister. There is often cross-pollination between the two areas. In this case, from the biological process of phototropism to the spiritual process of moving from the darkness of sin to the light of Christ. 

The coffee group’s conversation had moved seamlessly from plants to people. We talked about the pull on our lives toward Jesus Christ, the Light of The World. It seems like phototropism of the soul.

In wonder, I see an unmistakable design of the same Creator at work in both. The flowers need the light of the sun to survive and flourish and people also need the light of Christ to survive and flourish.  I love the word of an old hymn penned by Philip Bliss:

 No darkness have we who in Jesus abide;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
We walk in the light when we follow our Guide!
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus!

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

~ Brother Roy

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