June 17, 2019 by Kgalalelo
On 16 June 1976 history was made when thousands of pupils from schools in Soweto marched to Orlando Stadium for a rally to protest against the apartheid government’s decree to establish Afrikaans as a medium of instruction alongside English in all black schools across South Africa. This meant that some of the subjects were supposed to be taught in Afrikaans, a decision that culminated into a revolt as a way of voicing the displeasure against the directive. The learners were fatefully met by the police on the way to the stadium, who openly fired tear gas and live ammunition on them thus killing many.
To commemorate that day, June 16 was declared a public holiday in the country and named Youth Day. As the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, it overlapped to Monday which is today. South Africa was marked by various activities yesterday to pay homage to the youth who participated in the Soweto uprising, thus contributing immensely to the liberation of our country from oppression as a result of the apartheid system.
Nevertheless, I had quite an active past week at work and retired early to bed because of fatigue the whole week and am grateful for the public holiday that I may rest and return to work refreshed tomorrow. I bet the majority of citizens are like me, happy and thankful too, to have this extra day to relax in preparation of what lies ahead this week. It is indeed a blessing that doesn’t happen often and when it does, it is meant to be enjoyed.
Sometime last week as I was making a cup of tea in the kitchen, I had a ray of revelation as a result of the mental state I found myself in at that time. I was worried about so many things that I thought were not going right in my life and my emotions were spiralling out of control when suddenly I heard a voice in my head that said, “Let there be light”. The words were audible and I knew that it was God reaching out to me. I love God, the bible says He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He’s always there in time of need.
In the third verse of Genesis 1, the bible says, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light”. I spent some time thinking about those words and rehashing them in my mind and took a step back to Genesis 1:1-2 that reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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”. I sat down for a little while to take it all in and what was divulged in my consciousness was that my inner world was a representation of heaven while my outer world represented earth and my inner world was impacting my outer world. “As above, so below, as within, so without” (Hermes Trismegistus).
The space I was in, felt like darkness that was described in Genesis 1 and this darkness was consuming my inner world and the Spirit of God was hovering in that inner deep space seeking residence and that’s when God whispered inside of me saying, “Let there be light”. This was God’s way of healing my inner world and to diminish the misery that was eating me up in order to change my outer world, that is, to give earth form and shape.
I repeated the words out loud, “let there be light”, and light illuminated my mind; my inner world; and the will of God was done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9). It was at that moment that my children came to join me in the sitting room and as we began to chat, the sadness just faded away and the kingdom of heaven came near (Matthew 3:2). We laughed and had a good conversation about their experiences at school. I like to listen to my children’s anecdotes from school. Children have so much insight when you truly listen and know more than we think. My burden became light as I called forth light to enter my mind and my pessimism was cleared.
When you read further down Genesis 1, all living things were created after God declared the light into being. As a result, for every other thing to manifest, light had to be, as first cause. Nothing was done in darkness and how do we define the light; it is the presence of God. Light makes everything visible and whatever is done in the light is noticeable and clear for everyone to see. God perceived what He was creating because the light was there and He acknowledged that it was good and every other thing that He created He professed it as good subsequent to the light.
Jesus says in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world”. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus is in the Father and the Father in Him (John 14:11). This means, as I was thinking negatively and spiralling down, I was not in the light, I was not in the Father nor the Son. I was in darkness and hampering the indwelling of the Holy Spirit but He, the Spirit of God, descended into my inner world and filled it with the light and I became one with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
They say that darkness is the absence of light; when light enters, darkness vanishes. No one intently wants to live in darkness for the power of perception resides in the light. Depression is nothing but the mind that cannot perceive the light, in that situation the depressed should declare, “let there be light”.
When you affirm the light with intention, it immediately shows up and irradiates the environment of your mind and darkness disappears. We have been made in the image and the likeness of God and therefore can call forth the light as God did. Jesus confirms this in Matthew 5: 14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. Jesus professed Himself as the light and in the same breath, proclaims that we also are the light.
Light is who we are because God Is. It also means that we can create as God does by calling things into being. Romans 4:17 states, “call those things that are not as though they were”. When you know yourself to be the light and living in that knowledge and constant awareness daily because God has proclaimed it, then nothing shall be impossible. Anxiety, worry and stress only mean that you have stepped away from the light and are in darkness where light is not.
As I was writing this article, I also thought about the title of my book, “We live in the Mind” and I said yes! We live in the mind because our mind equals our inner world, and when this world is distorted and receives no light, then the outer world is starved of oxygen and cannot breathe. What is inside manifests on the outside. What you think about you produce in the outer world. When the mind is filled with light, then only good comes out of it. When the mind is in persistent darkness and you are constantly worried, disease is formed in the body. The mind that is uneasy and lacks illumination, poisons the body and your outer world. Just like plants needing the sunlight to photosynthesize, humans also rely on the presence or the light of God for the restoration of mind, body and the soul.
Preservation of the light is critical to our wellbeing. We need to possess “holy jealousy” for the conservation of our light that we may not be polluted by darkness. How do we do that? By cultivating a relationship with the Lord that we may always be connected to Him who is the Source Light.
When we allow others and the things of this world to upset us, we dim our light. The bible gives us the formula for keeping the light always on and that is to always rejoice!
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:4-6).
Victory only comes when you are connected to the light switch. Darkness cannot stand the light; it yields to it. When you rejoice in and out of season, you draw more light to you and as the light of God envelopes you, it repels sickness and disease and transmutes negative energy around you.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name”. (Psalm 100:4).
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
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