Is it possible to make a living by simply watching light? Monet did. Vermeer did. I believe Vincent did too. They painted light in order to witness the dance between revelation and concealment, exposure and darkness. Perhaps this is what I desire most, to sit and watch the shifting shadows cross the cliff face of sandstone or simply to walk parallel with a path of liquid light called the Colorado River. . . . (Terry Tempest Williams, Red, 141).
Light: illumination, awareness, brightness, giving visibility to our world; our bodies cycle to it, our attention is drawn to it, we use it to artificially change our world, we follow it, are drawn to it like the bugs with whom we share the world; electromagnetic radiation from a god-created source, the world began with light.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day (Genesis 1:1-5).
We use our perceived absence of light metaphorically to describe a state of mind: full of darkness, dark and dreary, dark expression; and the alternative– a brighter day.
Light can be so close that it burns or so far away that it’s source has long ago turned cold. Light can come from within or be reflected upon. With light comes awareness (knowledge) as more becomes visible.
I want to follow the path of light, follow the movement of light through canyon, forest and city alike, let light warm me in whatever place I may be.
God is the light of the heavens and the earth.
The smile of God’s light is like a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp in a globe of glass, the globe of glass as if it were a shining star, lit from a blessed olive tree neither of the East nor of the West, its light nearly luminous even if fire did not touch it.
Light upon light! God guides to this light whomever God will: and God gives people examples; and God knows all things (qur’an – 24:35 – al ‘nuur – the light).