Storm Light

Cloud_in_the_sunlightHave you ever looked closely at a rainbow? Or been mesmerized by the vivid colors of sunlight edging or poking through a storm cloud? A few rays of light can turn the darkest thunderhead into an amazing work of art.

Just as God’s Light can transform the storms in our lives into works of beauty and brilliance.

Cliché? Maybe. Still, no less true.

Okay, but how?

Well, let’s look at the inner workings of a rainbow.

In simplest terms, sunlight passes through water droplets in the clouds or the saturated air. Those droplets act like prisms, bending the light to change its direction and alter its wavelengths. That change in wavelength creates the colors we see. (My apologies to meteorologists and science majors for this extremely watered-down explanation.)

The key, here, is: the light has to pass through the storm to create those beautiful colors. Until it  enters those heavy, moisture-burdened  droplets and gets all bent out of shape, so to speak, it’s just an ordinary, probably invisible, ray of light. Not noticeable or eye-catching. Certainly nothing worthy of photography or verse.

Oh, but once that ray comes out on the other side…paintings, poems, songs, and even this blog post, attempt in vain to capture the essence of its beauty.

And that’s just in plain old nature. Imagine what our lives look like when we allow God’s Light to transform our storms! After all…

“We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him…” Romans 8:28 (NLV)

Jesus said, those who love Him will keep His commands…of which, there are really only two, and those sum up all the rest. (I’m paraphrasing here, so thanks for your indulgence.) 1. Put God first, loving Him above anything else. 2. Treat people the way He treats us, with the kind of love and respect we all want to receive.

The Word says God is Love, and God is Light. Doesn’t that mean love is a form of light? (if A=B, & A=C, then B=C) So, when we walk in love, His light shines through us, even in the midst of the storm.

What about you? How has God taken a dark, dreary, or even violent storm and made a shining work of art from it?

Share your storm story below

Come on, we’ve all got ’em.

About Bridgett

fantasy novelist ~ picture book and short story author ~ freelance editor ~ writing coach

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