DayBreaks for 4/19/17 – The Cave and the Sun

DayBreaks for 4/19/17: The Cave and the Sun

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2007:

“There was once a dark cave, deep down in the ground, underneath the earth and hidden away from view.  Because it was so deep in the earth, the light had never been there.  The cave had never seen light.  The word ‘light’ meant nothing to the cave, who couldn’t imagine what ‘light’ might be.

“Then one day, the sun sent an invitation to the cave, inviting it to come up and visit.

“When the cave came up to visit the sun it was amazed and delighted because the cave had never seen light before, and it was dazzled by the wonder of the experience.

“Feeling so grateful to the sun for inviting it to visit, the cave wanted to return the kindness and so it invited the sun to come down to visit it sometime because the sun had never seen darkness.

“So the day came, and the sun came down and was courteously shown into the cave.

“As the sun entered the cave, it looked around with great interest, wondering what ‘darkness’ would be like.  Then it became puzzled, and asked the cave, “Where is the darkness?” – Source Unknown

I sometimes get overwhelmed with a sense of the darkness in the world.  How silly of me!  If Christ lives within me, how can I be in darkness?  John 8:12 says as much: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.  All who follow Him WILL NEVER WALK IN DARKNESS, but will have the LIGHT OF LIFE!  Wherever I go, Jesus goes, and like the sun, there can be no darkness when He is present!

John 12:46 (NLT) – I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness.

PRAYER: Father, forgive me for being so focused on the darkness that I forget that I am in the light and that I will never walk in darkness!  Help us this day to follow Jesus and to always be aware of the light He brings with him no matter where we go!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 12/26/14 – We Can Barely Endure Candle Light

DayBreaks for 12/26/14 – We Can Barely Endure Candle Light

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From the DayBreaks archive, 2004: 

The great scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, once did something that was very dangerous and foolish.  As an experiment, he started at the image of the reflected sun in a mirror.  The rays, as you might imagine, burned his retinas and he suffered temporary blindness as a result of the experiment.  Even after hiding for 3 days behind closed shutters, the bright spot still wouldn’t fade from his vision.  “I used all means to divert my imagination from the sun but if I thought upon him I presently saw his picture though I was in the dark.”  He was lucky that he wasn’t blinded for life. 

But, as Philip Yancey notes in Disappointment With God, There is a parable in Isaac Newton’s experiment, and it helps illustrate what the Israelites ultimately learned from the wilderness wanderings.  They had attempted to live with the Lord of the Universe visibly present in their midst; but, in the end, out of all the thousands who had so gladly fled Egypt, only two survived God’s Presence.  If you can barely endure candlelight, how can you gaze at the sun? 

The prophet well described our dilemma so long ago in Isaiah 33:14a (NIV) –“The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: “Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire?  How many times have we each longed for some special manifestation of God’s Presence?  Or even just that we could “feel” His Presence in those dark and lonely hours?  I think that every human being has had those feelings at some time or another, no matter how godly the woman or man.  Yet, we are all sinners in Zion and we may do well to learn from Israel.  I doubt that we could stand the Presence of God in all His glorious brightness.  As Yancey suggests, Is it possible that we should be grateful for God’s hiddenness, rather than disappointed? 

The next time you are disappointed that God’s Presence seems to be in hiding, remember Isaiah’s words, His greatness and our utter frailty.  Perhaps the verse in Isaiah gives us the best explanation of why it was necessary for Jesus to become human to live among us – we couldn’t have withstood the brightness of the unveiled presence of God Almighty! 

PRAYER: For your mercies we thank you, for a glimpse of you in glory, we long…and for now, we thank you for your veiled Presence! In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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DayBreaks for 07/26/12 – You Are Unable

DayBreaks for 07/26/12 – You Are Unable

One of His ambassadors…

 “You teach,” said the Emperor Trajan to Rabbi Joshua, “that your God is everywhere, and boast that He resides among your nation; I should like to see Him.”

“God’s presence is indeed everywhere,” replied Joshua, “but He cannot be seen. No mortal eye can behold His glory.”

The Emperor insisted. “Well,” said Joshua “suppose we try to look first at one of His ambassadors.” The Emperor consented.

The Rabbi took him into the open air at noonday and bade him look at the sun in its blazing splendor. “I cannot,” said Trajan. “The light dazzles me.”

“You are unable,” said Joshua, “to endure the light of one of His creatures, and can you expect to behold the resplendent glory of the Creator? Would not the brightness of His glory annihilate you?”

This same thought is expressed in the Bible in 1 Timothy 6:16, Who only hath immortality, dwelling in light unapproachable; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power eternal.

We often sing songs about seeing Jesus and the bliss that will be.  I don’t doubt for a second that it will be the greatest moment of our lives.  He will be glorious.  We will be amazed.  We will be dazzled.  It is what we have waited for for so long!

If someone, though, were to say to a skeptic or doubter, “Suppose we try to look first at one of His ambassadors,” would what would the skeptic think if they brought him/her to see me?  Are we not his ambassadors, too?  We may not be luminous as the sun in its glory, but we are to represent Him.  How are we doing?

PRAYER: Let our lives be a testimony to your greatness, your glory, your majesty – to all who wish to see You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks from 05/07/12 – Musings From 41,000 Feet

DayBreaks for 05/07/12 – Musings from 41,000 Feet

On Saturday night, 5/05/12, I was flying back southbound to Atlanta at 41,000 feet as the sun was setting on the western horizon.  At the same time, the full moon was rising on the eastern horizon, almost exactly 180 degrees in the opposite direction.  Sun off the right wingtip, moon off the left.

To the west, between us and the sun, was a band of clouds at the horizon level and the sun lit them on fire.  The band was colored with reds, maroons, orange, yellows…and as I looked out the window on that side of the plane, I could imagine myself standing on the surface of Saturn and could believe that this had to be what it was like to look at the bands of Saturn from the surface of that planet.  It was unbelievably beautiful.

The moon to the left was huge.  I’d never seen it this large or this clearly.  It was the night of the Super Moon – when the moon was at its closest approach in its orbit to the earth.  Its disk was just above the edge of the horizon and there was a fluffy blanket of clouds obscuring the ground below.  The huge moon lit up the top surface of the cloud layer in a gossamer layer of white as the clouds raced past, under the wing, thousands of feet below us.  It was unbelievably beautiful.

As I looked back and forth from the Saturn-like bands of color to the west and the glorious moonrise to the east, I was transported into worship by the magnificent beauty of the creation, this spectacular universe in which clouds catch the colors of the rainbow and moons, planets and stars hang upon nothing in the cold, haunting emptiness of space.

I marveled that God should have created such beauty and chosen to share it with us and let us enjoy it.  Of course, He created it for His own enjoyment, but I also believe He did it for ours.  And my mind wandered off to this passage: 1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV) – But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…”

As I sat by my window and gazed out at the rising moon as the sky grew darker, I contemplated the wonders that await us in the “new heavens and earth.”  As spectacular as what I was looking at, I know that it is a very poor preview of what is to come, and I was again transported into worship.

I wish you all could have been there with me to see the beauty of the sunset and of the Super Moon as they cast their spell of wonder.  It was unbelievably beautiful…and His gift to us.

PRAYER: Lord, how I long to see what wonders you have in store for us!  Sometimes when I think I can begin to imagine it because of what I can see now, I’m reminded that you tell us we cannot even imagine it, and I am overwhelmed that you have lavished such love on us that you invite us not only into the wonders of your creation, but the wonders of your love and grace as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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