Responding to the Light

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Speaking of the Son and Light…I read a compelling blog entry today. I thought I would pass it along to my peeps and see what you think:

Whenever I need to wake up my daughter in the morning, all I have to do is crack open her blinds—maybe turn the lever oh, say, about one quarter of an inch, allowing the tiniest ray of sunshine to peek into her bedroom, and voila…she’s awake. And not just barely awake, but somehow wide awake. And I’ll be darned if she doesn’t look like she’s about to declare, “Carpe diem!” before proceeding to do ten push ups. Really, I’m not kidding. Her reaction is almost always immediate.

Then there’s my son. I can open the slats and fully raise his blinds, pull back his curtains and turn on his bedroom light, but even after all that…he can, and often will, continue to catch his precious Z’s—totally unaffected by his brightened surroundings. He just doesn’t respond to the light in the same urgent way my daughter does. And I don’t believe he has much of a choice in the matter either, considering he’s in an unconscious state, “dead” to the world as the expression goes.

How is it that he is so opposite from my daughter, yet created by the
same set of parents? Could it be that God, the ultimate Creator, made him that way? If so, do you suppose there’s any merit in comparing his physical limitation (unresponsiveness to light) to what the Bible teaches about understanding one’s spiritual limitations? Since Jesus refers to Himself as “the light of the world,” I thought I’d take a look at this possibility.

In John 6:44, Jesus says this to His disciples: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them.”

Read the rest of this thought-provoking blog entry at Written Not With Ink

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  • Brian Brody


    Without reading the rest of the Blog entry, this comes with the acceptance that everything has a purpose and a reason in our lives. The Lord sends the people into our lives who are to be there, this was decided long before we entered into this physical world.

    Our choice is we willing to open our minds? I always find it interesting when speaking to people who claim to believe all things are possible with God, but place limits on ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. What I ask them if ALL Things are Possible then doesn’t that mean the absolute?

    Great thoughts though.

    God Bless Brian

    • jferwerd

      Hey Brian. Thanks for the comment. You should read the rest of the entry…it's got some great insight. Yes, we have limited God in every way. I spend a lot of time these days thinking about the teaching of "free will" and how impossible, damaging, and really ridiculous that is. If one were to play out the "free will" notion with humans, the only natural, logical conclusion would be total self destruction a long time ago.

  • brandimr

    Read the rest of the post over at her blog. Thought provoking, for sure. I'm really looking forward to studying this, Julie. Thanks for posting.

    • jferwerd

      Thanks Brandi. I am truly enjoying our friendship and I pray that the Lord leads us both on deeper and more exciting paths than ever in the coming months!

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