One Friday night I was getting in a little exercise. It was a rainy and cloudy day, but just around dusk, the sun came out for a short time. It was a wonderful moment. I was doing some calisthenics, listening to Vivaldi on the radio, and the sun burst through the window. Light began to enter the room, and as it did, I thought, That's beautiful. That light is beautiful.
When you live in Chicago, you know just how precious sunshine can be. Same goes for those who live in New York. I once read an article about a man who lives in a certain part of New York where, for several months, the sun never shone on the part of the building where he works. All of the skyscrapers, those urban canyons, were in the way. But this man found the one place where the sun shone at a certain time of the day for about a five to ten minute period. So each day he would stand in that one spot, just so he could get those five or ten minutes of sunshine. It shows you just how much we human beings are made to be in the light of the sun—how much we need it for our psyche, for our soul.
Life-giving light comes from God.
God has made nature in such a way that it is a teaching tool about himself. So many things in nature teach us about spiritual realities or reinforce spiritual realities. The sun in the sky is one of those teaching tools, because it teaches us several things about God.
All life on earth is dependent upon the sun. Through the process of photosynthesis, plants are able to take in the light and turn it into sugars of some sort. These sugars give life to the plants, and these plants feed several other life forms, which feed several other life forms, going on up the pyramid of life.
Just as the light from that sun gives light and ...
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Craig Brian Larson is the pastor of Lake Shore Church in Chicago and author and editor of numerous books, including The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching (Zondervan). He blogs on Knowing God and His Ways at craigbrianlarson.com.