29 Oct Let There Be Light!
If someone were to ask me, “What is your ‘life verse?’” I’d think of Genesis 1:2–3.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (ESV)
Just like that, the hovering—or brooding—of the Spirit and the word of the Lord turned into the beginning of light. This is how my life felt before I knew what the light was. In the midst of darkness there was a hovering period, as if that light was sent to me by love Himself. That light was a person, and His name was Jesus. In a moment of revelation, there was Jesus, filling my life with the light, which is Himself.
The same can be said for the darkness I feel in life’s many afflictions, or even in my periodic wrestling with God. The Spirit hovers, and then in an unexplainable moment, light comes. It comes in wisdom, comfort, and understanding. It comes in peace and clarity. It comes in strength. The Spirit covers me, the Father speaks, and Jesus appears. This is the pattern of revelation I feel working throughout my life, all unto believing without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is with me, no matter what I see or don’t see.
This is the melody of light sung throughout biblical literature and it still resounds in our world today. The light of the world is in me now, and I can choose to believe it. I can choose to see Jesus by knowing that the Holy Spirit and the Father are constantly revealing Him to me. I can choose to believe that light can annihilate darkness in an instant. Light is not thwarted by any level of darkness, but rather, the deeper the darkness, the brighter the light shines. And that same light is in me, constantly waiting to be revealed repeatedly in me and through me!
Genesis 1:2–3 may not be everyone’s “life verse.” But when I explain why this verse encapsulates my relationship with God, those who know Him seem to understand. His people know what it’s like to be assured that, like stars hidden by clouds in the night, Jesus is ever-present even when we feel trapped in darkness.
Angela Nasegesege (Leadership Team Member)