“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;” Ephesians 5:1 (NASB)
Over the past four years, God has spoken to my heart repeatedly through one prevailing theme. He communicates to me most clearly, moves my spirit most deeply, and teaches me most profoundly through the concept of His nature as Light.
Until today, I hadn’t realized how widespread the connections He has made to that theme in my life, nor for how long.
I’ll write more on this later. For now, here is a glimpse of the movie, and the artist, which brought that realization into sharp focus:
Thomas Kinkade’s The Christmas Cottage
The following quote from the film sums up that theme beautifully. The theme of my novel. The theme of my life.
“That Christmas, I realized that in a vast, black night even a little light shines brightly. And, all we can do is our best to find that light and share it with others.”
Thomas Kinkade is known as “the Painter of Light”. But, his art doesn’t merely imitate natural light. Through his unique ability to capture the brightness and clarity of light, he gives us a glimpse of true Light’s transformative power. The beauty the world holds when transformed by the Light of God’s presence.
Stay tuned for the whole story, and find out why I’m now calling 2008 the year of Light.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we reflect on the first coming of our Light and Savior, Jesus, please help us to imitate you through His presence in our hearts. Thank you for the gifts of art. Painting is art. Literature is art. Music, dance, film, sculpture, science, medicine, business finesse…Life, guided by your hand, is art. Please shine through my life so brightly that, when the work is finished, it may be a creation pleasing to you, oh master of all artists. In Jesus’ name, amen.