There Was Light

Genesis 1:3 (ESV)
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

“Light turns out to be quite happy travelling through the vacuum of space.”[1] Light happens to travel on its own. Made up of little packets of energy, once emitted from its source, light can travel on into eternity. When God created light, visible light, a very small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum[2], God created the most unique part of the visible universe. Nothing can slow it down and nothing can travel as fast as light. And as fast and as far as light can travel the first light of creation has not stopped. Think about it … when God said, “Let there be light,” that first light is still “quite happy travelling through the vacuum of space” we know as the visible universe. From my viewpoint, God created a reminder of how little we really are on this rock circling a sun at the center of an insignificant solar system floating on a distant arm of a galaxy, itself locked into a cluster of other galaxies, all of which are surrounded by millions of galaxy clusters throughout the universe, which may be adjacent to other universes … if you don’t feel small right now you have not been paying attention. Now, this is what really astounds me … astrophysicists are almost all in agreement with the third verse of our Bible … light was here at the creation of our universe. Light led to all we can see. And we will cease to exist without light. This is fascinating on so many levels. Like the song goes, “God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.” Indeed, we believe and we know there was light.

“Give light and people will find the way.” Ella Baker

[1] Tyson, Neil deGrasse, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, © 2017, p. 88

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_spectrum

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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