By Robert Bestwick
A dark spot at Spanish Banks allowed me to observe and record an event as unusual as it was beautiful. With the naked eye, I could observe the majestic Neowise Comet greeting the earth from the clear skies over Vancouver, British Columbia. A spectacle not seen since our ancestors 6,000 years ago, perhaps even Noah himself, laid eyes upon it.
Its beauty is indescribable, not just comet itself, but what it represents for me. As I viewed it, I thought that its beauty is only visible when it is close to the Sun. Comets are composed of ice, dust, and rocky material that dissolves as they approach the heat of the Sun, releasing gases that produce a luminescent tail.
For most of its existence, the comet is just a piece of frozen rock on an endless looping journey without brightness, shape, or splendor. It is only through its relationship with the Sun where it achieves its magnificence, a kind of symbiotic relationship that lights it, drives its movement, and makes the world’s eyes stop to appreciate its beauty.
Does it sound familiar to you? The analogy is accurate when it is you who undertakes the journey of life. Every time you come closer to God, your life ignites, inevitably lights up, and it is filled with purpose as a messenger of hope. But as Neowise orbits away from the sun, it becomes invisible, its grand tail is extinguished, this celestial messenger fades into the darkness.
Eph. 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light”.
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