Genesis 1:1-5 and 14-19 (NIV) “1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” “14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”
Genesis chapter one is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. There is so much content in such a short story. As my welcome page indicates, it is part of my inspiration for photography in that photography is a way to witness that story [and many other Biblical stories].
One of my growing passions within photography is the area of astrophotography. The reason why is that many people fear darkness. To me, I see it differently. I see the light shining in the darkness. The moon and the stars are set above us as a reminder of the story that began in Genesis. We can mark our calendars and set our clocks by the movement of the sun, the moon and the stars.
Later on in the Bible, there are references back to this incredible story. Jesus, himself, says He is the light of the world. John 8:12 (NIV) [Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony] 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.”
That is why I am inspired to go out at night with my camera to take astrophotography pictures. There is no darkness. There is always light, even on the darkest of nights. Walk outside and take a look up at the stars. Lay down or sit in a lawn chair to look up at the stars above. Watch for meteors and “shooting stars” to wish upon. It is okay. God is the light in the darkness. He will hear the prayers, and given time will shine His presence back down. Just have open eyes to see [witness] the light in the dark!