I read recently that stars are blazing, atomic factories. In the center of the inferno, a star is constantly breaking apart and remaking the atomic components of the hydrogen atom. More complicated atoms like carbon are born. The building blocks of life, of our physical existence, are born of the sun. The Son. The Father.
Ok, I know this might sound like some kind of new-aged, pantheistic blabber, but hear me out. According to what we’ve just read and what we already know, the sun is essential to life. Besides constructing the basic parts needed for a rocky planet….or a palm tree (according to the astrophysicists at least), we also know that it sustains life. With out its radiation, plants die and human existence is impossible. Without light, our eyes are useless organs. No wonder many ancient cultures worshiped that great ball of light that graces us with its rays during the day and reminds us of its importance during the night. It’s not a mystery to us that when mankind looks for truth, he often turns towards the sun. The Son.
So how does this have anything to do with looking for a pastor? As we all know, the Bible attaches powerful and profound symbolism to the sun and to light. "I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark; he will have the light of life (John 8:12b)." Or how about this one: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (Ps 119:105)”. These are just a few verses of many that describe our Lord as the author of light and truth, and His Word as an instrument of illumination. As a church, Pinelands wants to be a beacon of truth to the community and we all want a pastor that walks in the light. How will we find this guy? By giving glory to the One that can transform a particle into a planet. By basking in the light of God’s Word. By following the bright path that shines with the light of the Son. I think this applies to all of us.