Father of Lights

“Where there is light, there is vision, where there is vision, there is hope, where there is hope, there is revelation”- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Lioness Arising

What is this light spoken of? And why does it offer so many blessings?

I spent the last three months in the beautiful country of South Africa and it was such a blessing to be immersed in such a vibrant culture. I have my incredible university to thank for the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa. More importantly I have my parents, grandparents, friends, and spiritual leaders to thank for pushing me in the direction of following God’s will for my life.

In South Africa we completed vigorous school work, attended local churches, explored the natural playground of great mother Africa, and served in surrounding communities. Beyond everything we physically did, the most outstanding experience of this study abroad was interacting and living beside the people of South Africa.

There is no way to explain what we saw, how we grew, or the impact that our experience (my cohort) had on our lives during our time there. One thing I can confidently acknowledge is that I began to know God as the Father of Lights. There were unexplainable moments of seeing the milky way underneath the safari skies and watching sunrises over the Indian Ocean in which the beauty of our Father of Lights began to convey itself to my heart. Light began to captivate me in a way in which it did not previously. As a result, I began to seek the Creator of these lights more passionately.

In a bible study with girls who have created a special place in my life, a friend read Psalm 139 out loud to us and in verse 11 the scripture reads “I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you”. This scripture unsettled everything within me because I ignorantly thought “well uh, if God doesn’t know the difference between darkness and light, how the heck should I know the difference?!?!”.

It took a few weeks of prayer for wisdom and understanding for me to grasp what is meant by that scripture. And it hit me all at once. In John 8:12 Jesus Christ, Son of God, says “I am the light of the world, whoever walks with me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. And I thought to myself “duh Jeselyn, He IS the light”. With the Father of Lights walking beside us, there should never be a circumstance in which the darkness of the environment should overcome the light of life the Father gives us.

In a book I read, Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere, she describes the finesse and strength of lioness in the course of the book. She further describes why the lioness can hunt so well at night and it is due to their special ability to use small sources of light (like the tiny starlight’s of the safari sky) to illuminate the entire darkness of night in order to see and hunt well. She writes, “The light lioness see by is the light that is within their eyes. If we are lit from within, we will not be subject to the darkness of our environment (162).

With all this being said, are you lit from within? More importantly, are you lit within by the light of life?

If not, the Father of Lights is waiting for you to walk in the light of life with Him. And if so, I urge you to look around and ask yourself who else are you being that light to? (Isaiah 49:6).

As we would say in Zulu, “Sala Kahle” (stay well).

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