Trying to make them move or disappear was impossible for the little girl I used to be, and remained impossible for the woman I am today. Though my arms gained momentum with each pass through the warm and brilliant rays of sunshine beaming through the window, the rays remained resolute. With intensity and persistence, my movements increased, bearing no effect on the luminous display, for nothing could drive away the light.
Fast-forward many years to when my oldest daughter was about 5 years old, I remember a moment when she was standing in the entryway of our house, raising her arms up into the rays of sunlight that were flooding through the window. I couldn’t help but follow the overwhelming prompting to capture the memory with a photo, in a feeble attempt to preserve the wonderment of this child, embracing and absorbing the rays of light.
When my youngest daughter was about the same age, I remember her first fascinating encounter with God’s glory through nature. While riding in the car, she looked up in awe at the rays of light peering through the clouds. Boldly she proclaimed, “Look at the rays, Mommy! That means God is shining His light on someone and healing them!”
What an insightful revelation of God’s character in those brilliant rays of light! It reminds me of the words in Habakkuk 3:4, “His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.” (NIV). I love the image of God’s power in the rays, and love even more that what manifests is merely a glimpse of glory compared to the power that is yet to be revealed. My daughter still makes those claims today because of her unwavering belief in God’s abilities.
Rays of light can be much more than a phenomenon from the sun; they can literally be a phenomenon of the Son. 1 Peter 2:9 states, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (NHEB).
This “light” translates “to be manifest by rays.” Oh those glorious rays of light! Human hands cannot extinguish this light, for God’s power is unlimited. Every believer has an obligation to declare the excellence of God, revealed through the act of salvation through Jesus. Let us not forget to celebrate our ultimate rescue out of sin and misery, and experience the rays of light, absorb them and proclaim God’s power in our lives, so that all may know His name.