Let there be light

I had been sitting there for several minutes entranced with the way the light was shining through the many layers of the spider’s web. The longer I watched, the more colors I saw. It seemed like the web had been lined with diamonds just waiting for someone to come along and pluck them out.

Over the last few months I’ve had to switch things up a bit due to sciatica pain. I’ve gone from hiking for wildflowers, to shooting insects and other tiny creatures in my yard. I’ve gained a new appreciation for all the small animals I’ve been photographing.

I know it probably seems odd to exchange God’s paintbrush full of colors for a palate of dull insect grays and browns, but during this change of scenery, I’m more aware of the fact that God deemed each one important enough to feel the need to create them. Most of all, I’ve discovered that these drab and dull animals are anything but.

Seeing Color

Lean in a bit closer, fully open your eyes, and you will see that what once looked washed out has now become vivid and saturated with color. What used to be deemed dark and empty now shines through with a light so vibrant that it pierces your eyes with an overwhelming awareness of peace.

Truly experiencing life with all of your senses transmits colors into streams of light that you never knew existed. Once you see, you not only notice the movement, swirls, and textures, but moving closer allows you to see patterns that were not there just moments before.

We are transitioning into that time of year where an explosion of colors will come just before the colorless. It’s during this transition that the heart seems to want to go dark too. We want nothing more than to fall into hibernation along with all the plants, flowers, and insects. It can even cause us to feel a little colorless too.

When that happens, I’d like to suggest for you to look for the color and light in your world. It’s there if you take the time to slow down and search for it. Lean in and look. Open your eyes to all the light surrounding you.

Your light may come in through the colors of friendship. It may shine forth from the gift of a stranger. You may receive it from your family, church, or co-workers. However you get it, be sure to know that it originally came as a gift from God. He created us all for a reason. He seasoned our lives with just the right amount of color and light for 365 days a year. Everything He creates is meant for a purpose. Everything He creates is given to show us color. It may seem dull and dark at first, but if you lean into His bountiful gifts and allow His light and color to come in, they will blow you away with the magnitude of mercy and grace He extends through it to each of us.

Seeing ColorLight shining through the spiderweb of an American House Spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorm)

“I am the light that shines through the cosmos; if you walk with Me, you will thrive in the nourishing light that gives life and will not know darkness.” John 8:12 Voice

Seeing ColorMeadow Katydid Nymph (baby)

“God said, Let there be light, and the light flashed into being. God saw that the light was beautiful and good, and He separated the light from the darkness.” Gen 1:3 Voice

Seeing ColorJapanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

“I am here to bring light in this world, freeing everyone who believes in Me from the darkness that blinds him.” John 12:46 Voice

Seeing ColorGray Tree frog (Hyla versicolor)

“What we are telling you now is the very message we heard from Him: God is pure light, undimmed by darkness of any kind.” 1 John 1:5


Photos © Salina T Gibson

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