From the West Wing

I recently saw a post that said a lighted candle will cast a shadow on the wall, but there will be no shadow of the flame. There was even a picture of the candle, with no visible shadow. The post suggested the reason there was no shadow was because the flame was the source of light. The post went on to say that the same could be said of God; since He is the Light, there is no shadow or darkness in Him. Now, since this was on the internet, it had to be true, right?

Well, I guess the scientist in me needed more information. I decided to do a little more research and I found some interesting facts about candle flames. While it is true that a casual observation of a lighted candle will show a shadow of the candle, but not the flame, there are circumstances, that can be replicated rather easily, that will show the flame’s shadow. It seems that the flame actually does cast a shadow, we just can’t see it under normal circumstances.

So, what does that do to the post about the lighted candle that I read? It seemed like such a wonderful way to show one of the attributes of God. What it tells me is that we need to be careful with the illustrations we use. While the whole illustration seems to be a nice thought it simply isn’t factually true.

What is true, however, is that without light there is darkness and it is light that dispels the darkness. We don’t open a closet door to let the dark out; we open the door to let the light in. Jesus states in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” and then He says to each of us in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world.”

Living in the Light,

Mrs. West

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes let me see
Beauty that made This heart adore
You Hope of a life spent with You