The Influence of Light
Today I have been meditating on light. I am realizing how light influences my thinking. Since I was a small child in Florida, I loved watching the beacon of the sun turn the sea into a glittering mass. The light created fresh, new beauty. By watching the light each day, I quickly learned that it was the angle of the light that mattered.
Many years later, I am realizing the same truth. The amount of light outside directly influences my mood, my thinking, and even my creative energy. More importantly, I understand how the absence of divine light affects me. Without a daily dose of scriptural light and understanding, my day becomes askew, obscure, and out of perspective. My lens are blurred. I see things in a shadow, instead of being focused.
I can best explain this when I am painting. I must have clear daylight in order to create images on the canvas that are in perspective. The angle of the light in the painting creates understanding to the viewer. I need correct lighting to paint accurately and see clearly. Without light , a painting would be a dark shapeless mass.
When writing, my slant, my voice, my choice of characters and scenes are created by me, the writer. My excitement is generated through the dialogue of the character. My fears are demonstrated in my characters inability to take certain risks. My internal light and understanding propels the story and helps develop a lasting impression on my reader.
I realize it is the angle of light that changes my focus and perspective each day. I no longer view life and its problems with shortsighted limitations when I read the Bible. Instead, the amount of light I take in from meditation and reading God’s word influences my eternal perspective and sheds light in my creative realm. The amount of light within and without directly relates to my ability to create and live life abundantly.
Perhaps this is why I am eager for each new day that breaks the darkness of the night. New light brings fresh perspective. I pray that others might see the grace and light of my communion with God in my writing, painting, and daily living.