If we step outdoors in the city and look up to see the stars, they can be difficult to see because of all the artificial light from the city. But if we drive out to the countryside and look up at the stars, they are considerably easier to view. The stars did not become any brighter and we did not draw any closer to them. Rather, it was the artificial light all around us that was obscuring our vision.
Have we become frustrated in our efforts to seek and experience God in the way we would like? It is not that God is deliberately hiding Himself from us. Rather, it is often the artificial light all around us that is obscuring our vision.
We may need to go out from the artificially lighted city for a time in order to have a clearer view of God’s light which is always shining down from above to light the way for us. James 1:17 declares, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
As we first venture out from the light of that which is comfortable and familiar, we may be anxious about whether we will have sufficient light to connect with God in the way that our hearts desire. But the light of God is everywhere…
As Bishop Wordsworth beautifully expresses it: ‘God is the Father of all lights: the light of the natural world, the sun, the moon and stars shining in the heavens; the light of reason and conscience; the light of His law; the light of prophecy shining in a dark place; the light of the Gospel shining throughout the world; the light of apostles, martyrs, and confessors preaching the Gospel to all nations; the light of the Holy Ghost shining in our hearts; the light of the heavenly city: God is the Father of them all. He is the everlasting Father of the everlasting Son, who is the Light of the world.’
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.”