Psalm 4:6 NIV “Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’ Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.”
When the outside world is not working, my default is to retreat to the inside world and explore what needs to be dialed up there. This verse speaks to me today of my inner world processes.
I don’t know what the concept of the light of God’s face meant to God when He inspired this phrase, or what it meant in the culture of David’s day.
To me, looking at it through the grid of land (of course) it speaks deeply of the photosynthesis that goes on in plants.
In an extreme oversimplification of photosynthesis, plants take carbon dioxide from the air, plus water and light, and converting those into energy for the plant and oxygen for the atmosphere.
For breathing creatures, carbon dioxide is a waste product, and we don’t want too much of it in our world. And oxygen is a priceless commodity that we need for basic sustenance.
Ponder the miracle of a plant generating energy for itself at the same time that it is detoxing the world AND providing essential resources for the rest of us.
This is a picture that works for me in the context of God’s face shining on me. It changes the math of my life.
In general, we have to segregate to survive. Toxic stuff goes down the drain. Life giving foods go in the fridge. Keep the two apart.
That reveals the limitations of humanity.
But God is able to take the toxic things of our lives and not only feed us with those things that appear toxic, but also feed others with the by-products of our walking with Him through those toxic situations.
So for yourself and for us at Sapphire, invite the light of God to come into our real world – with all the good, the bad and the ugly.
And invite God to do the amazing chemistry of bringing life to us and to others, from the things that seem at first glance to be non-beneficial to us.
Copyright April 2014 by Arthur Burk
From room 341 in Rancho Cordova, moments before heading home again.