In Summer 2017, I was on a Royal Caribbean cruise with my family, relaxing on the deck with one of my favorite books and a freshly blended mango smoothie in hand. We had departed Halifax, Nova Scotia and were en route to the beautiful islands of Bermuda. Blazes of sunlight flashed and sparkled through the rolling waves. Enchanted by the sun and sea’s beauty, I opened my Bible and prayer journal to write. And somewhere sailing over the Atlantic Ocean, as I sipped my smoothie and admired the endless stretch of deep cerulean blue, God gave me these words:
“Let there be light.”
Four simple words spoken by the Author and Creator of the universe. Four words that established His authority, manifested His love, and proclaimed His goodness.
How could such a simple phrase lead to the beautiful unfolding of humanity? Those four words stuck in my head throughout the remainder of the trip. And during the months that followed, I decided to begin praying Genesis 1:3 by asking the Lord to simply “let there be light” in my life.
I asked God to fill up the empty voids in my heart. I asked Him to encircle me with His peace. I asked Him to illuminate any dark, hidden sin in my life so that it be taken captive and brought forth before His throne. And I asked to see God’s face.
That became the most dangerous prayer I ever prayed.
Because He answered.
Throughout all my “asking,” it eventually became less about what I was asking of God . . . and more about what He was asking of me.
My prayer is that this blog is a fresh outpouring of God’s answers over the years, and a vessel of His spoken Word. Not my own words – but God’s words – that bring hope and life.
So, it seemed fitting to name this blog after the very first words spoken by God in Genesis Chapter 1.
The four words that breathed life into existence.
In Genesis 1:2, the earth was “formless and empty, and darkness covered the face of the deep.” But then in verse 3, God said “let there be light” and there was light, and He saw that the light was good.
God takes chaos and establishes order. He takes emptiness and fills it with goodness. He takes darkness and commands that there be light.
Similarly, I pray this will be a place that brings light to your life. A beacon of hope and truth. An altar where hidden sin is exposed. A well of peace and refreshment. A sanctuary where we are transformed and can freely rejoice in the blazing, blinding glory of God’s holy presence.
Here’s to an amazing journey, friends!
For His glory,