The Light, by Becky Hunter

Becky Hunter

Paddling kayaks through the lagoon waves, in the pitch dark, Joel and I were beginning to question my choice of a “fun summer adventure” with grandkids. But we eventually made our way into a cove, the waves died down, and we saw what we had hoped to see … LIGHT!  A brilliant, neon blue-green light lit up the brackish water each time we put in our oars. When we stuck in our hands they lit up like something one would see in a Disney movie — completely otherworldly. Years ago, when I taught Marine Biology, the textbooks dedicated a few paragraphs to bioluminescent dinoflagellates, single cell algae that light up when disturbed. Textbook pictures, though, didn’t do it justice. It was amazing to see that light show up close and personal. Our considerable efforts to move through the darkness to glimpse light we had only read about did not disappoint!

John 1:5 states “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” God reminds me of that every morning as the sun rises, but to be reminded of that on a dark night as light surrounded my family, floating in kayaks, was a blessing I’ll never forget.

“If I ride on the wings of morning, if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean, even then You will be there to guide me; your right hand will embrace me, for You are always there.” – Psalm 139:9-10 (The Voice)