Jesus is compared to light all the time in the Bible. He is the Light of the World. I used to think that the metaphor was for a culture that valued light so much more than ours. I can't imagine having to live by candle light or depend on the daytime hours to get all your work done. Especially if I'm supposed to work as hard as the women in Jesus' time worked. Light must have been a precious thing to them back then.
But then I went to the Balloon Glow again this September.
We met up with some friends and watched as the the cloudy sky turned black and the balloons lit up the night.
I just can't describe that feeling. It's emotional, it takes my breath away, it's… Magical!
I struggle every year to get decent pictures, but the orange glow that the flames leave on your face, it's romantic and beautiful.
We stayed after the balloons had all been put away and watched fireworks. That's another light show that just warms my heart. They boys withstood freezing rain and wind and loved the whole experience. In fact, Isaac wrote a book about it:
The Trip to the Hot Aer Balloon Glow
By: Isaac Littleton
I wint to the hot are balloon glowe. We wint with are friends Josia, Mika, Tim, Kim.
I wint in the tree. We played ghost. After we played it I saw Ginger, that is thare new dog!
Beep! Beep! Wint the hot air balloon. Mika and Josia brot glow stiks.
I said look look mom, a St. Louis one! (this boy loves his momma!)
Thin we saw more balloons. I got to get in whon!
I barely sat down! Then we watched fier wurks. Boom!! Boom!!
I whish we could stay. I was so happy.
I read this last night in John 3:19:
"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil."
We don't naturally love darkness. That's something you learn to do. We learn to hide. When we're born we're attracted to the light. Try to get a baby to look at your face instead of the light over your head. They won't do it. When we're kids, we're afraid of the dark. We know what lurks in shadows! But even as adults, there are parts of us that are still attracted to the light. My heart beats differently when I am sitting in front of a glowing fire or when I watch sparks light up the night sky. It calms me. It softens me just a bit.
God is smart, he wired us this way and used this analogy in His word on purpose. As jaded as we become, there is still a small part of us that is attracted to light; to The Light.
"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.'"