A Moment to Reflect

22 August 2020

A Moment to Reflect -88


“At sunrise, everything is luminous but not clear” ― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’—John 8:12
For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; “he will lead them to springs of living water.” “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”’—Revelation 7:17

Photograph: Sunrise on Cocoa Beach, Florida

Light and water are two elements that are pretty much essential to all physical life on earth, so perhaps it is no surprise that both are frequently used as symbols for the spiritual dimension to our human life. And when light and water come togethersomething mystical and beautiful can often happen. The water may be mirror-still, rippling gently in a breeze, pulsing and crashing as waves on the shore, or cascading with seemingly unstoppable force down a mountainside or over a cliff-edge, but when the light hits the water it becomes like a treasure trove of living jewels; and the sight can stir something deep and mysterious within us.

Nearly forty years ago I experienced such a moment, standing on the beach at Millport, watching the sunlight dancing on the water. I didn’t have a camera with me on that occasion, but it prompted me to write a little song:

Light on the water, the wind in my hair
I wait in the silence to see if you're there.
The world all around me has something to say
Tells me where I can find you, 'cause you're everywhere.
I love you, Lord Jesus 'cause you loved me first
You gave me the best when I expected the worst
I maybe don't see you, but I know you are there
Just like the light on the water 
and the wind in my hair.
The love you have planted is starting to grow
The joy that we want is beginning to flow;
A new kind of feeling is filling the air,
The Spirit is movin' like a light everywhere.
Some people may say there's no reason in me,
No possible reason why I should believe.
But what better reason could there ever be
Than to know you're alive because you're livin' in me!
© Iain D. Cunningham