“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8: 12
Chasing the light is a phrase that refers to how photographers try to find the best light to capture photos. The most optimal times are around sunset and sunrise when the sun is low in the sky. My husband has been such a trooper joining me on my photography adventures with my many ideas. Often times, he has to hurry and eat his dinner so we don’t miss out on the light. Then we find ourselves chasing it, moving to more optimal locations, until we get every last drop of sunlight before it dips below the horizon. In fact, just the other day, my whole family agreed to get up before sunrise to try some family photos. (It was their birthday gift to me!) My son decided we needed to all get t-shirts that said, Professional Light Chasers!
The concept of light in the Bible is prevalent. In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
This familiar verse hit me like never before when I came upon it several months ago. Previously, it always brought me comfort and encouragement. It still does. However, the two words, "follow me" really stuck out to me as I contemplated this challenging call to action.
When we walk in the light, we are spending consistent time with Jesus, getting to know Him, and trying to follow His way. Following Him and loving like Jesus is not easy. It requires self forgetful love. We need His grace and mercy.
The concept of Jesus as the light has brought on a whole new meaning to me as I have delved into photography. Light is one of the most important aspects in photography. A photo comes to life when you have the right light. I have found that I love photographing that perfect, beautiful light in my images. A beautiful sunset never gets old.
How much more beautiful is our life when we have the light of Jesus? His light brings meaning, joy and peace to our lives. His light causes us to glow in faithfulness, love and mercy.
Once we experience His radiant light, He desires and calls us to share His light with others.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.” Mt 5:14-15
Father John Bartunek, author of The Better Part, said it so well. He wrote the following from the perspective of Jesus talking to us.
“But condemning each other does no good. It hardens hearts. … I forgave, I taught, I exhorted, I encouraged, I insisted, I invited, I invited again, and that’s what I still do. … I long for followers who bring my light into darkened hearts. I am the light. Let me shine through you. … You have only a short while, spend it loving, not berating, and teach others to do the same.”
Today, how will you chase the light of Jesus and radiate His love to those around you?