And so I passed them by.
Yes, my pride is huge.
I rationalized that my own sunglasses were just in my car. Surely I could get myself to the car without having to put a piece of ugly rolled-up plastic on my face.
As soon as I stepped out of the building I regretted my decision.
My dilated pupils took in so much sunlight I had to blink. Hard. When I tried to open my eyes I couldn’t do it. Beams of light were streaming in from every direction, and I squinted and squirmed uncomfortably, hoping in those first few minutes to quickly adjust.
My eyes started to water profusely as I struggled to find my keys and make my way, slowly, to the car where my sunglasses awaited me.
Why did I not take the plastic protectors when they were offered to me? Now, practically feeling my way to the car, I wondered why I had been so stupid. It was a mere 25 yards, but the walk (or should I say, the grope) to my car felt like a mile.
The light just streamed in, hitting every exposed surface of my inner eye, and I could not stand to look outside.
In those few feet I could not help but think of the Light we had been studying in Bible study this year in the book of John.
This True Light (John 1:9) who Himself created the light (Genesis 1:3) and whose light cannot stand to be looked upon (Exodus 19:21) is brighter than even the discomfort I experienced that day. His light is all-consuming.
And one day, we will get to see His light. All the time.
"And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. " Revelation 22:5What a day that will be.