Light Upon Light

This morning I woke up thinking about something that occurred on Sunday. As I thought more about it, a portion of a particular verse came to mind “…expect God to get here soon.” It’s from the Message translation of Psalm 31: 24 “Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”

On Sunday morning before heading out to church, I read the devotional for the day in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling.” I was given this book back around Christmastime, but it’s only been recently that I’ve started reading the devotionals and scriptures on a daily basis.

I shared this quote from the reading on my blog Sunday, “I am the God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance.” Another portion of the devotional that caught my eye that morning was the following verse from Psalm 36.

You’re a fountain of cascading light,
and you open our eyes to light. – Ps 36:9

As I read those words, the image below immediately came to mind. It’s a picture of Ruby Falls. My family and I toured this site shortly after moving to Georgia last year. It’s a spectacular underground waterfall, found in Lookout Mountain, over 1000 feet below the earth. I snapped this photo while on the tour we took last summer.

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You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.

I didn’t blog about this verse from Psalm 36 on Sunday, but the words were tucked away as I headed out the door to church.

And, of course,  it happened.  It always seems to happen.  As much as Godincidences delight me, I also expect them…cause that ‘s just how cool God is!

Sunday’s message at church was focused in-depth on, you guessed it, Psalm 36.  Here was the translation the Pastor read of the same verse:  “for with You is life’s fountain.
In Your light we will see light.”

I love when this happens.  Sometimes, I don’t immediately know the scope of the lesson.  I don’t know what I’m supposed to learn. But, I do know it’s always significant, it’s always worth a pause.

Here are a couple of quotes I wrote down from Sunday’s message…

“Position yourself to receive God’s provisions”
“We don’t perform to receive God’s love, we position ourselves to receive God’s love.”

Yesterday, I was compelled to reread the quote from, Leo Lambert, the explorer who discovered Ruby Falls. I’ve blogged about it before, but I really love his words…

Discovering Ruby Falls was like discovering God. At first, it is very dark, scary, and uncertain. You don’t know what lies ahead.

You bump into things you didn’t even realize were there and you suffer injuries, bumps, and bruises. You fall down in sticky mud and mire and feel like you cannot go on. But you get up with a feeling that somewhere ahead lies something more wonderful than you can ever imagine.

As you add light to what you discovered, you find that the things that caused you suffering and injury were wonderful God made things put there for you to witness and give you joy. It is all more than you ever imagined you could witness. It is God, and Ruby Falls and the Lookout Mountain Cave are God’s creations, made for man to enjoy.

I am just a little proud that He used me.

~Leo Lambert, December 30, 1928

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You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.

To go back to the original verse that popped into my brain this morning…”Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”

Expecting God to get here soon is positioning our hearts in the direction they need to be in order to see the beauty on the path ahead of us.

Can you imagine the beauty Leo Lambert (and the world) might be missing out on, had he chose to stop short on his journey to the falls…on his journey to God?

Our quest is just as important. There is beauty waiting on the other side of the dark.  There is light that we can only see and understand if we choose to travel and position ourselves in His light. As we move forward in expectation, God’s light becomes brighter and more beautiful.  I don’t want to miss a single ray illuminating the path…do you?

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