Chasing the Light

How much do you want light? Consider the question in view of a natural story:

A strong warm front with Gulf Coast moisture moved up the Appalachian chain of mountains in two days. High winds and drought led to incredible fires in the SE mountains, The moisture bands came behind the winds. Temperatures in Piedmont Virginia rapidly climbed nearly 40 deg F. Two inches of rain fell one night and the next day was heavy with clouds. The clouds suddenly broke just two hours before sunset, although fog and broken clouds clung to most of the Blue Ridge. I ran to the car to try to get some pictures before sunset. The front would pass with more rain in a few hours. In a real sense, I was chasing the light while I had it.

light-on-mountain-valleyTen minutes into the drive I made an unexpected stop for the first picture that you can see above. The clouds, late sun, fields, and a lake had a backdrop of a blustery sky and a leafless mountain ridge. I had to shoot and run, because sunset was less than 90 minutes away, if the clouds did not close in sooner.

I continued to the Blue Ridge crest and headed south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Ravens Roost. The outlook is perfectly set so that the setting sun is over a mountain valley. Crepuscular rays were over the valley because of the amount of moisture in the air. The rocks in semi-shadow made the foreground. Conditions were changing rapidly. Parts of the surrounding region were “in the clouds.” I just happened to hit it right few minutes to get the scene toward the sun.light-valley-toward-sun

As I turned to leave, with the setting sun at my back, the beautiful rock outcropping had abundant color. The valley (1800 feet lower in altitude) was amazingly clear. That yielded a final shot (the last image below).

By the time I got home, it was dark. No more scene. No more light. No more opportunity.

God, who is light,  beckons the heart of a person. He does not persist in special moments for individuals forever. In His wisdom, He provides individually “wrapped” circumstances for each one to reach out to Jesus Christ in them. Once the opportunities are past, and we don’t know when they are, it seems like darkness settles in. The opportunity fades quickly like the setting sun. Our own way and direction seems ever so much more important. Since he holds the calendar for each one and we don’t know the dates set for lives, we might get more nudges from God, but we might not. But why play the game?light-on-rock-face If God knocks in a circumstance, why not take the step, chase the Light, and open your heart toward Him? Procrastination and pushing the decision away is saying “no” or “I want my way” or  “there will be another time.” Will there be another time? It is better to repent or turn from your way toward His.

For believers, the same lesson is true with respect to obedience. As they say, obedience is saying “yes” at the moment action is necessary. Procrastination often leads to missed opportunity to grow or for someone else to be a recipient of what we could have done in response to the Holy Spirit. If you miss, repent. I have been there; I understand. He is merciful for the repentant, but mark the moment, because another opportunity for obedience is around the corner.

John 12:46-48  (ESV) I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.


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