The atoms like each other to different degrees. Oxygen, for instance in the air, would like to be next to carbon, and if they get near to each other, they snap together. If they’re not too close though, they repel and they go apart, so they don’t know that they could snap together. It’s just as if you had a ball, it was trying to climb a hill and there was a hole it could go into, like a volcano hole, a deep one. It’s rolling along, it doesn’t go down in the deep hole, because if it starts to climb the hill and then rolls away again. But if you made it go fast enough, it will fall into the hole. [ed, Note: Feynman explains that throughout its life, a tree accumulates a great amount of potential energy in the form of carbon stripped by photosynthesis from its preferred molecular partner oxygen thanks to energy from the sun – that a tree grows from the air, and not from the ground. It is only once it is provided with a source of ignition that carbon atoms in the tree and oxygen atoms in the air gain enough energy to reunite, a process that releases a great amount of energy, sustaining high temperatures and producing a chain reaction that is a fire. As Feynman put it, “the light and heat that’s coming out, that’s the light and heat of the sun that went in. So it’s stored sun that’s coming out when you burn a log!”] ~Richard Feynman, Physicist
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. … Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the universe, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.” ~Paul, The Least of The Apostles, in Philippians 2
OH BELOVED, IT IS TRUE.
Light has a hard time getting into us. And we resist it in the silliest ways. We pretend that we like light, but quite often we don’t. This writer is not talking about the beauty of an evening set by the fire, or sleep under a new moon while camping. The light here, is The Light of The World, Who came down for our salvation.
We are too tired to go to church.
We get drained by 5 hours on social media’s little serotonin hits, but will not be satisfied by a feast in His Word for 30 minutes.
Our private deeds are often dark enough, that we do not want them to be seen.
We fear what G_d might do to us if we came surrendered into His Presence.
We resist obeying Him – when He has answered our prayers, but we don’t like the answer.
Really, of all creation, humans benefit most from both physical and spiritual light. But, the darkness in us is so brutally fearful of being destroyed by the light (and its lightness of being), that we dupe ourselves into staying in the sweaty, dark, and sickly corners of our existence.
CAN WE SEE IT?
The quote at the beginning of this entry, is a beautiful analogy. Said simply, the quote says that Carbon has a tough time connecting to Oxygen – unless it has been accelerated by some very fast and very energetic particle. Light does this in plants during photosynthesis, as the photons from the sun are absorbed into the tree, they are embedded at potential chemical energy in the carbon bonds in the wood. And, in a truly beautiful display of nature, when we burn a tree log, the light we seen and the heat we feel coming off the log is mostly the sunlight returning to photonic and electromagnetic form.
It usually takes a crisis of faith, or circumstance – or both – to bring us out into the Light. Our entire self-built house of cards comes crashing down, and the shadows of who we are flee away (amazing how we spent so much energy trying to keep them invisible from everyone).
In that moment, The Son accelerates our own broken spirit to the Infinite Speed of Eternal Life, and He enters into every aspect of our being. We were dead without Him, but now we are in union – even communion – with The One Who our soul now Loves!
And here is where this analogy gets even more beautiful. His Light did not just enter into us, and bond us in co-union with Him. As we surrender to His Loving will and guidance, some of us will be burned in the suffering that may come from obedience. But we give off an amazing Light and Fragrance in the suffering!
Oh, we will not burn away as a log would, for our energy Source is without limit. We become like the burning bush that was not consumed from the story of Moses and The Exodus. Who we are, is no longer fetid, boring and sick. We have become fascinating to behold and we give others the sense that they are on holy ground, as they move into our sphere!
So, is part of your life purposefully being kept in the dark? It happens. But may i preach for a moment? The shorter we hold back from living IN the Light and ON His power, the better! Don’t listen to the liar trying to pull you back into a cave where he can take you out. Call out to The Light of The World, and let Him be The Saviour He has always been!
Tonight is your night. Let His Light shine. Everywhere.
Written by Makala Doulos: Makala Doulos is a child of G_d, a husband to his wife, a father to his children, and a teacher to his students. But mostly, he is a prisoner set free by Jesus. Love has invaded his life, crushed it, and made it new. Now, G_d’s Love is what constrains him to live in full surrender to the freedom The Father and Son and Holy Spirit have bought for us all. Grace and Peace to you all.