Light is amazing stuff . . . or amazing waves, depending on whether it’s being a particle or a wave at the moment. And more importantly, light is a metaphor and a picture of our Lord, Jesus. I’ve recently been reading an art book that expounds on the behavior of light and color, and while the information is enormously helpful artistically, it’s even more profound to me in its spiritual implications.
Did you know that a rainbow is always centered around the antisolor of the sun? The antisolar point is the opposite point in the sky (considering the atmosphere as a globe-shape) from the current position of the sun. So the sun shines on its antisolar point and, if there is sufficient moisture in the sky, you get a rainbow surrounding that point. The sun’s light, as it shines into the atmosphere, enters each droplet of moisture and is refracted into the colors of the spectrum, both visible and invisible, and when it hits the back wall of the droplet, it shines forth in colors that we can see and admire. God is glorified in the rainbow, and He is glorified (revealed for all to see) in His true church as we reflect Jesus from our community of saints. We are here to make Him visible to the kingdoms and people of this world as well as to manifest His power and glory to the invisible realms. What an amazing Christ!
One day, long long ago when I was a good deal younger, I was worshiping God as I drove to the junior college I was attending. (I do try to remember to keep my eyes opened when I do this.) I didn’t understand the rainbow around the throne that I had just read about, but in the flash of an instant, I saw it, and it was amazing. I had seen a sweet little multicolored ribbon encircling the throne as I read Revelation, but here I saw a blazing orb of the wild and living colors of the spectrum completely engulfing the throne, and yet allowing its occupant to be seen by all. Afterwards, I wondered whether this was what a vision entailed. I still don’t know, but it was certainly a brilliant image. I can see it even now, many years later.
Every good and uncorrupted thing in this world is only a picture; a story about our Lord Jesus. I recently spent a good month or more meditating and musing over the nature of light and how it speaks of Jesus. Tomorrow I’ll post a little bit more on the subject.