It’s amazing to me how certain things will strike me in the strangest of places.
This week I was at the hairdressers with my hair full of color sitting in a pile on top of my hair as my hairdresser and friend was working on another client, and I picked up a magazine to read.
To be honest there really wasn’t much of selection, and I wasn’t really inclined to read anything. But, I decided while I was sitting there that to keep my over busy brain from going into overload, a quick flip through a magazine would help to keep me occupied.
I had three choices of reading material and settled on Architectural Digest on the basis that the photography is always gorgeous and the aesthetics of the magazine are soothing. Not only that, it doesn’t have a lot of words, mostly pictures, and being a writer even though I really do love words, sometimes I just need to get away from them for a while.
So there I was, flipping through a magazine that was mostly beautiful pictures when a small collection of words caught my eye. A small quote to be exact from a world-renowned architect that I had never heard of – no surprise there. When he was asked what was the most important element he considers when he is designing a building is, he said light.
“Light has its own rhythm and timing,” he said.
I stopped short when I read those few words, immediately rereading them to make sure what I read was correct. As I did so I pictured the flow and ebb of light into a place, whether it’s coming through a window and filling up a room; or making its way through the trees into a forest meadow; or flowing across a sandy beach before it hits the ocean waters making that water sparkle and dance as it comes to life with the flow of the light on its surface.
The LORD is light in all its perfection and I couldn’t help thinking as I sat there that the quote was so like Him. That like light, we don’t really think of Him as having a life, a way of being that is all His own, independent from us, which couldn’t be further than the truth. He has His own rhythm and His own timing, which is all together different from ours, yet is all together perfect just the same.
“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.”