It's the Biblical version of "Once Upon a Time..." And just like in the fairy tales I grew up loving, what follows is the set up for an epic story, the ultimate story of love. Okay, rambling moment over.
In the beginning...
"And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:14-18, ESV
Have you ever confided in someone and heard that seemingly generic expression? You know the one I'm talking about... It has a few different forms, some pretty, some blunt, but the underlying message is the same.
Darkness can't last. Joy (not me) is coming in the morning. The night is only for a short period of time, then BAM! LIGHT!
But not always comforting.
I was reading my Bible a few weeks ago, and those verses in Genesis stopped me in my tracks. Suddenly, the full picture was just so much clearer in my mind's eye.
I love finding gold nuggets in my Bible reading. This was no exception. I love seeing clear examples of God's love and awesomeness in the things that seem small and inconsequential, but those things are momentous to me.
Once God created light, there was always light -- day OR night. At night, there is the moon, which reflects the great, big, guiding, revitalizing light of the day, as well as the stars that light the world with a Heavenly glow. Even when the sky is cloudy and dark, those lights remain steadfast.
Darkness doesn't last, but the light (God, yo) has never left us. It's there guiding us and whispering to our hearts that whether we can see Him or not, He's here. God put that amazing truth right there in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible for us to hold onto when the dark seasons threaten to be our undoing.
He's not going anywhere. His light is shinning on us.
I hope that blesses you as much as it blessed me. <3
See you next time, and God bless you guys!!!
~V. Joy Palmer
V. Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.
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