And Then There Was Light…

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“The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep.  The Spirit of God was moving, (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

  And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” Genesis 1:2-3 (Amplified)

Several years ago we flew from Houston to Salt Lake City.  Our plane left in the early morning hours, long before daylight.  When the plane began to taxi down the runway, the airport lights and those on the ground was all I saw.  I was oblivious to the darkness surrounding the airport.

When the plane took off and climbed I could see streets that were dotted with car lights shining from early morning traffic.   There were also building lights that pierced the dark sky.  And then, suddenly, nothing was visible.  Darkness surrounded the plane, total and complete darkness.

I continued to occasionally look out the plane window and noticed that behind the plane, in the eastern sky, the sun began to make itself known.  At first the light was dim, but it grew gradually brighter.  However, if I looked forward, there was still total darkness.  The sensation I felt was strange.  It was if I was in two totally different places at the same time.

I thought about the Genesis verses, and wondered if the feeling I had as I watched total darkness transform into light, was anything similar to what God felt that day He spoke light in to being.  Was there a gradual change, or was the change immediate?   Was He in awe at the beauty of His creation?  I certainly was.

In verse 4 it says “And God saw the light, that it was good – suitable, pleasing – and He approved it…”

If that first daybreak was anything like it was that late October day in 2005, it was glorious and beyond description!   Simple English words cannot begin to paint a picture that can reflect the beauty of that sunrise.   I was overcome with emotion as the darkness slowly became gray, and then changed to amazing shades of blue that shared the sky with a hazy pinkish purple.  It grew in intensity and soon became reddish orange tinged with the brightest yellow.  Tears flowed as I saw the incredible change occur.  The clouds became visible and were like shadows as the awakening sun was emerging.  It was a master piece of colors, layer upon layer, changing and enlarging as they exploded on the horizon.  Soon the whole sky was filled with light.

The darkness was gone and daylight had arrived.

A song kept running through my mind as the transformation took place:

When morning gilds the skies

My heart awakening cries

May Jesus Christ be praised!

That morning only the first part of the first verse went through my mind as the beauty of God’s handiwork unfolded.  Since that time, verse two has taken on a whole new meaning to me.  It says:

The night becomes as day

When from the heart we say

May Jesus Christ be praised!

The pow’rs of darkness fear

When this sweet chant they hear

May Jesus Christ be praised!


 “And this is the message – the message of promise – which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light and there is no darkness in Him at all – no, not in any way.   1 Jn 1:5 Amplified

I was forever changed that morning as I saw the light overtake and consume the darkness.  It was a gift, a picture hand painted by God for me, of His power and what He has done and will continue to do until His return.

Father, I thank you that the darkness that once consumed me has been completely eradicated through the precious blood of Jesus.   Because of your sacrifice on the cross I can walk in the light of your love and grace forever.  Amen