“For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see”
The most simplest of phrases, and yet it is so profound.
This journey has been a hard one. I didn’t realize how attached I was to that social media interaction, or eating without thought, or laziness, until I had to do without it. I’ve slipped up multiple times-even the first day, I was bored late at night and automatically went to Tumblr, before realizing what I was doing. It was an unconscious act-and that’s scary! To think that there are habits we develop that become so second nature that we don’t even recognize what we are doing. In counteracting this, though, I am so much more aware of the things that I am doing with my day. Every moment, every passage of time that is a chance to do something, is a moment to reflect on just what I am doing and who am I doing it for? To please myself? Or to give glory to God?
I’ve been busy the past few days so I have been occupied enough. I have been eating much better, and sleeping in less and less. Waking up to sit quietly before God is an amazing thing! But my favorite experience, so far, happened yesterday.
One thing that God has been showing me is that I need to appreciate the little things more. The basic things, the things that are “normal” in life to me. This entire spring break has been about those little things-spending time with family, or playing with my dogs in the morning. I had dreams of a nice trip away that I wanted to take, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that I am having much more fun just being at home. But yesterday it was nice outside and I wanted a little adventure, so I went out. I found a park near Concordia University (where I’m going next year) that is absolutely breathtaking. It’s woodsy and secluded and right on the shore of Lake Michigan. I went there to just have some quiet time and take in God’s creation, read the Word. Normal stuff.
But God just floored me! It’s amazing what spending time away in nature can do. I was so in awe that I just stopped and stood. Looking around it was like everywhere I turned He was speaking to me-in the wind, in the birds that sang, in the stillness and quietness of the place.
I flipped open my Bible, and the first verse I saw was the one above.
You are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Such a simple phrase.
And yet in it, there is so much depth and such a clear picture of who God is. He is the master and Lord of my heart, the one who guides me in His perfect will. There is no darkness about our God. In Revelation it talks of the fact that there is no need for the sun or stars, because the glory that proceeds from Him is more than enough to see with. He is light, and He is life-both providing us with physical being and also with the emotional, mental, and spiritual strength to live. Not just be alive, but to live life to it’s fullest! To those who need hope, He is hope. To those who are without love, it says that God is love. For people without a family, He is our Father. To those who are lost, He illuminates the way to Himself with open arms. He raises up the humble and brings justice and peace and mercy with every breath. Just look at what the Scriptures say about the might of our God!
“20 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.” -Daniel 2:20-22, ESV
“For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
and declares to man what is his thought,
who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!” -Amos 4:13, ESV
And yet again:
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39, ESV
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” -Isaiah 40:28, ESV
There is so much that we cannot even begin to fathom. Our God is an awesome, omnipotent, all powerful God. He is the fountain of life, the Creator of the universe and the Lord who reigns on high!
And this is what I have learned, so far. Nothing new. But new all the same. Sometimes, it’s the little things. The fundamental things. The things we know to the point we take them for granted, and forget to really let them soak in to our entire being. God is all-powerful. Good. True. But when you REALLY take time to let that sink in; to let the infinite majesty of God just surround you and drown yourself in His presence and light?
It changes things.
Our God is not a distant God. He is present-a mover, a shaker, a bringer of justice and a redeemer of hearts.
He is the fountain of life, and the light by which we see.