The Speed of Darkness

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your Light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isaiah 60: 1-3)

Things move fast today don’t they? Aircraft, trains, automobiles, even bicycles are being built to go faster than ever before. Our daily lives seem to be moving more rapid than the day before. We look back, whether through our own recollections or through tales of life from our parents or grandparents and the old days appear pleasantly slower and more serene than what we are living today. Often, we involve ourselves in so many “things” we end up stumbling around as if we were blindfolded.

Speed often leads to recklessness and we routinely do not realize how this actually leads us into the dark. It is a darkness that will envelope us if we don’t find the right “Light” to lead the way. Sadly, this darkness is moving over the earth at an increasing rate, the speed of which I worry is quicker than we want to acknowledge. Since Jesus is the authentic Light of the world, it is interesting to think about the physics of light and what we presently know of the speed of light. Recall the speed of light is essentially 186,000 miles per second. From Wikipedi, “According to special relativity, (light) is the maximum speed at which all conventional matter and hence all known forms of information in the universe can travel.” Thus, it is impossible according to scientists for information or energy to travel faster than the speed of light.

Likewise, that brings up the question. What then is the speed of darkness? Is it definable and how does it occur? Is it faster than the speed of light? Let me offer this. The world has many dark places, far too many. Countries, cities, villages, homes and people of all nationalities have countless dark places that they live and exist in daily. Some are so filled with darkness they are in effect living blind, unable to find their way. What they need is the information we Believers have and they need it now, at the Lord’s speed of Light.

Finally, light from the surface of the sun takes an average of 8 minutes and 17 seconds to reach the surface of the earth. Look to the sun for that life-giving source of light. But the Divine Light from the Lord, the one that can eliminate your darkness, is instantaneous and will overcome your darkness immediately. Look to that Son, for the swiftest and His eternal life-giving source of Light.

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