Power and simplicity; Experience and truth.
1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched, this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life.
1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, in him there is no darkness at all.
As I began my study of 1 John last week I have to admit to simply being curious as to how it would work. Or if it would work at all. And I know that for each of us it will be different, and for some it might not work, but I really enjoyed the process last week.
I found myself considering the verses, thinking about them, and then at the end of the week my mind would go over their words and imagine best how to put it out there. I'm not usually someone who draws a lot, so when this idea presented itself to me I balked a little. Maybe a zentangle would be better? But the little girl holding the flowers to her face would not leave me.
That first verse John wrote as he began this letter really struck a chord with me. First of all, he starts with Jesus. What better place to start, right? Secondly, he starts with what he factually knew about Jesus. What he had heard, seen looked at, and touched. His experiences. The statement ran through my head as if it was percussion. The statement was powerful, overwhelming, and made me feel strong. I started thinking about that and realized how often we let emotions control what we think and know. But here, here it was the facts which they knew which controlled my emotions. It was exciting, challenging, and true. It made me consider what it was that I knew factually about Jesus. What is it I have heard from him, seen with my own eyes, looked at and touched which I can proclaim? Definitely a thought worthy of being considered.
The fifth verse spoke to me because of it's absolute simplicity and beauty. That's the message they heard and still declare. God is light. He is divine illumination. He lights our path and our eyes. He imparts life on earth and through Christ. Nothing is hidden from Him. He reaches out to us all. Yes, simple truth beautifully spoken.
My little girl is experiencing the world around her. She is smelling the flowers grown in the ground, shaded by the tree which towers above her, and is standing firm in all she knows as the light of God shines down on and all around her. She makes me want to stay focused on what I am taking in, what I know, and where I am standing. I am so thankful for the knowledge God gives us about Himself, and that His light is ever shining on us.