There is ‘light’ in the world.
What kind of ‘light’ will it take to outshine, or overcome the ‘light’ that is in the world?
Last night we were listening to a radio show on NPR, and they were discussing the book, ‘Don Quixote,’ and how the author of the book had so many creative ways of dealing with the narrative. (All other literature in that day simply told a story.) In the book ‘Don Quixote,’ (which I have never read,) they told how the author, Miguel de Cervantes, wove himself in and out of the narrative. The radio show hosts told how it was wildly popular that de Cervantes had managed this. In fact, they said ‘Don Quixote’ was so popular in its day that another author picked up the story and wrote a counterfeit sequel when de Cervantes was slow in delivering his own. But then they pointed out how de Cervantes even exposed the counterfeit author in the narrative of his own authentic sequel. The hosts of the radio show had their minds blown over the creative intricacies of how de Cervantes made himself part of the story while telling the story, in a way that had never been seen before. Then the radio hosts, (really smart guys who pride themselves on their extremely intellectual bent,) discussed why this appealed to the human mind – especially in this day and age? What made this (then new) form of narrative so wildly popular and effective? They had no conclusion to offer…
Tina and I looked at each other in that moment, and at the same time hollered out, “Because it is exactly how God tells His story!” I think the people in AD1605 simply recognized a form of literature which God had made familiar to them. God is revealed as Author at the same time He tells His story. It should be a very familiar form to the human mind – and it was to the simple folk back in AD1605 who made ‘Don Quixote a massive best-seller. But the radio show hosts, (who refuse to acknowledge God except in the most grudging or disrespectful terms,) had no idea. Professing to be wise, they became fools in their failure to see what was right in front of their eyes.
This is how it is with the ‘light’ present in the world. It is the light of endless speculation which winds itself into knots of never-ending foolishness in its attempts to deny the existence of Creator God. Jesus prays His future disciples see things as they truly are, and that they would be one with The Father and with Jesus as Jesus is One with The Father. The ‘Light’ of unity with God outshines the artificial light of the world.