Owl see the Light

A few weeks back, I cycled home from our Bible Study down Long Lover Lane. It was dark, and what little light remained in the sky was obstructed by the trees on that steep part of the hill going down from the chapel. My bicycle light shone on the tarmac as I inspected the surface for dangerous potholes, of which our county's roads boast a great many.

I was not alone. A few feet from my head, a brown tawny owl was silently flying parallel to me. I involuntarily cried out, causing him to fly off; I feared a mouthful of wing feathers. I suspect that he was intrigued by the light shining on the lane; it was moving, and he was curious. This is not the first time that owls have been affected by my cycling lights. Similarly, much fun can be had with cats when shining a laser pen onto the floor, and watching them chase and skid about as they attempt to capture the red point with their claws and teeth. They seek the light, but not its source. My owl friend was fascinated by the spot of light on the ground, but was evidently unconcerned by the one who light it was, and by whose face his wings were gliding.

All humans look at creation, which includes the stars, the mountains, the moon, fauna, the flora, and marvel at its grandeur and magnificence, its complexity and its variety. Yet its source, a Creator God, they cheerfully ignore and neglect. Don’t just see the light; don’t just see with the light. Rather, see Him who is the Light:

That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. John 1:8-18, speaking of Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

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