Shades of Grey
or Black & White
seem to drag on interminably overcast. This year I was really
feeling a vitamin D deficit.
Moments ago I was
outside on my second floor balcony standing in the sunlight wearing
shirtsleeves and jeans. Temperature just about freezing and I was
comfortably warmed by the sun 93 million miles away.
Our own personal
huge nuclear fusion machine in space made me feel good basking in
its emanation. Light is amazing!
God does not call
it sun or hydrogen. He calls it light. How would you make light? How
does God make light? He makes it perfectly! We want to know how the
sun works. We try to figure out how old it is, wonder if it burns
out, ponder what causes solar flares, and stuff. I think that amuses
When God said “let
there be light”, do you think in the back of his mind He was trying
to figure out “if I’m going to make light I’ll need hydrogen and
mass and fusion” and stuff like that? I don’t think He rolls that
way. He’s all knowing, all powerful, and does everything perfect the
first time. He simply says… “let there be light” all necessary
instantly forms, and voila there is light!
Darkness does not exist. Darkness is simply the absence of light.
God is light. In Him, there is no darkness. Block light and result
is called darkness…. the absence of light. The tiniest of cracks in
whatever blocks light permits light to enter filling all… light
shines in all directions and fills the void.
As a photographer,
I spent thousands of hours in the “darkroom” developing film… the
room had to be completely void of light. Film in camera when exposed
to even 1000th of a second of light creates a change in the silver
halide chemistry of the film.
violation of blocking light in film darkroom, even imperceptible to
the eye, will totally ruin the film being developed.
Nature abhors a vacuum in physical scientific terms. On earth, a
vacuum does not exist in nature. It’s impossible! Atmospheric law
demonstrates this physical principal. Seen any pockets of vacuum
What is a vacuum?
Edison knows. The filament in his light bulb would burn out in
moments if not for the vacuum within the bulb. Fire is “rapid
oxidation”. It requires oxygen to burn stuff. Remove oxygen and
voila… fire does not consume. Interesting that Edison (man) made
electrically induced light in a vacuum. Things to ponder in
As nature abhors a
vacuum in our comparison to light & darkness, God therefore abhors
darkness. Abhor… that’s in interesting word.
verb (used with object), ab•horred, ab•hor•ring. To regard with
extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
Since God “abhors a
vacuum”… we should have complete confidence that He abhors darkness.
God IS light! He did NOT create darkness! He permitted darkness as a
consequence of another. More accurately, He shined against what
blocked the light and actually BECAME the blockage to be pierced so
that His light would shine into the “darkness” exposing the violator
in the starkest of contrast for all to see.
The entrance of
God’s word brings light. The evil one inhabits the dark void. He’s
allowed in the light but doesn’t want to be seen in the light lest
his evil intent and vile sin become evident. He hides in “shades of
grey”, nuanced as it were to those unfocused.
contrast, all you have are shades of grey.
Light shone in the darkness and the darkness understood it not.
Were we film, we’ve all been exposed to light and found fouled in
God’s “light room”. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of His
glorious perfection. Nuance doesn’t pass His muster. It’s black or
white. Light or dark. Right or wrong. Sin or righteousness. Can’t
hide in the grey when His light shines.
One day we all will
be “washed” in the developer that separates black from white and
found in the highly focused sharp lens of the enlarger. It’s black
and white. (Forgive the intentional pun).
In the world of
time, shades of gray are a graceful temporary accommodation. The day
will come when God’s light clearly separates light from darkness in
Do you understand
the above? Or, are you finding comfort in shades of nuanced grey? If
so just wait for the developer that separates black from white and
be found wanting.