48X36, oil on linen, 2014
“This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine…”
Set against the magnificence of God’s light, my own is pretty pathetic. What can I possibly do to direct people toward God that God can’t do brighter and stronger?
Owl’s Head Light uses a 1000-watt lamp, which doesn’t seem like much of a light-bulb. The lights in my kitchen add up to almost that. But with its fourth-order Fresnel lens and the long shimmer of incandescent light over the water, it keeps mariners off the rocks.
God lights up the heavens with Aurora Borealis, but they’re 60 miles up and hundreds of miles north of us. A lighthouse is paltry in comparison, but it’s just across the cove. It’s not just the brilliance that matters, it’s proximity as well.
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)