Einstein, Fountains, and Lights

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I am as enthralled with light as Einstein was, although I am not as brilliantly enlightened mentally as he was–ha!–I know I am stating the obvious here.  Einstein was smart enough to appreciate the science of light and yet sense there must be a spiritual quality locked within its nature as well.

He recognized light in the person of Jesus. He called him “the luminous Nazarene.” In previous posts, I have written about Einstein and his love affair with light here and here.

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It rained and rained yesterday here in Paphos. I took a morning walk along the water in between down pours. The rain kept me in most of the day. And as the hours passed, I enjoyed the various ways the light shone through the clouds onto the ocean.

The brilliant patches of light gleaming on the water captivated me. 

Light turns my heart upward to God–any kind of light–even man-made light can be dazzling and makes me think of Him.

“For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9). 

Think of all the explorers in the world who searched for the “fountain of youth.” They should have been looking for the “fountain of life,” because they would have discovered the light of God as well.

It is interesting this verse talks about the fountain of life and then light–two exquisite metaphors for God. It is the light of God that enables us to find more life… and then more light. 

God is relentlessly revealing Himself to creation, and I tell people all the time to look at the small things in their lives–things that may seem coincidental or happenstance–very often God is speaking. He is saying I am here shedding a little light on your situation, so you will know that I am real. Look at me, and I will give you even more light about your life.

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And the thing about Einstein, as brilliant as he was, it seems he never became spiritually enlightened. I guess we won’t know for sure until heaven. But it is not enough to admire the Light of the World from a distance. His intense light must shine in the darkness of the heart, revealing all things that are at war with God. 

I read many blogs daily just because I am fascinated with people’s lives, and the common thread I find is the darkness and uncertainty they feel about their lives. People want clarity, perfect light on obscure issues. They want abundant life–full and purposeful.

And I couldn’t agree more with these desires. These are things that I want too.

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I am trying to walk in the light I have today, knowing God will give me more light as I follow Him.  Although I am unsure of many things, I know life and light are bound together.

And this promise helps me in my journey.

“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that grows brighter and brighter until the full day: (Proverbs 4:18).


5 thoughts on “Einstein, Fountains, and Lights

  1. It’s nice that you are in Cyprus as now you are in our time zone and experiencing the same weather and need for light during the storm. Yesterday was Election day here in Israel and I don’t see much light in the kingdom of this word.. We also enjoyed great down pours over the past 24 hours; apparently the same you have experienced in Cyprus. We are equally as desperate for rain (physical and spiritual). We are in the worst drought in 80 years.

  2. Amazing photos of the light play on the ocean Bonnie. Even the clouds on the second and third shots are fabulous!

    Your words made me think about our prayer before we start school every day to make God’s word “a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

    Thanks for always checking in and encouraging me. Be well.

  3. Bonnie, not to denigrate the quality of your other posts, for they are all good…but this is by far my favorite post from you in a while. Your word-crafting, picture-taking, and most of all your revelation are perfectly placed, one gets the sense of His glory just about to break out upon the earth that languishes in suffering, yet has this hope (even as light breaks forth in darkness):

    Romans 8-18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

  4. Jeremy,

    Thanks for you insights here. For the past 14 months, I have been on overload with freelance writing projects. I have not given myself to good writing on my blog or personally. It takes time. It is hard work. I wouldn’t even say this post is excellent, but I did allow myself to settle in and think and meditate a bit. Those action help me in my writing.

    I love the scriptures you referenced here. Nice parallel.

    God’s blessings on you and Kami and baby!!

    Bonnie

  5. Bonnie – this thought (“God is relentlessly revealing Himself to creation, and I tell people all the time to look at the small things in their lives–things that may seem coincidental or happenstance–very often God is speaking”) resonates with me. Life at school has been very challenging lately, and I am trying to hear God in the midst of the stress. Thank you for your consistent God-thoughts!

    Blessings,
    Beth

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