"Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day." -Genesis 1:3-5
By: Tabitha H. Rudy
It’s Thursday and dinner is over. You are filled with all sorts of emotions. Contentment: the food was delicious. Sadness: the week is almost over and you have to say goodbye to a group of campers. Excitement: the week is almost over and you really need a break. Anxiety: it’s skit night and you’re not quite sure what will happen when your campers take the stage!
Soon, your unit is gathered with all of the others at Hillside. One by one the units take the stage to perform the skits they have worked so hard to put together. Your unit’s number is called and you gather them on the stage, help them take their positions, calm their fears (or maybe it’s your own?), pass out any last minute props, and then you hear the words – the magic words: “Lights! Camera! Action!”
Creation was an epic event. It took seven days after all to bring light and life to the formless void that was earth at the time. It’s important for us to remember that light was the launching point. Even though God says that the work of this first day was “good”, God still returned to work on the light later on the fourth day. The light created on that first day was enough for that day, however. And when it was done, pronounced “good”, and the darkness separated from it, God set that day aside and waited for the new one to begin.
I wonder: was God anxious about creation? Is that why the lights were turned on first?
Light is empowering and life-giving. It empowers us to see what we might not otherwise be able to see. It reminds us of what the darkness holds but also helps us appreciate the dark as a time of rest.
Turning the lights on, whether it is in a figurative way such as when we say “Lights! Camera! Action!” at Camp Bethel on skit night, or when we actually turn the lights on as we enter a room, can be an anxious moment – especially if we don’t know what is waiting for us. But, thankfully, the light also brings relief, for we now know what awaits us. While the lights to my new office have already been turned on, the discovering and learning continues and will for some time.
As we continue in this time of transition in district leadership, we should all consider what lights need to be turned on. We must enable ourselves to see what is and isn’t there. And, we must anticipate what the darkness holds for the darkness was also “good”. We can’t assume the work will be done on the first day, but at the end of the day we should be able to say that what we have done is good.
I am anxious and excited about this new beginning! As we all approach this new “stage”, may our actions be enlightened and guided by the Spirit – may we see with new eyes, in anticipation of what comes next.