Refraction: How Does It Affect Me?
Ecclesiastes 2:13-14 “Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done? I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.” NIV
King Solomon was the son of David and wrote/spoke these words about learning the hard way that wisdom is learned and not earned. We can learn wisdom through the rainbow by looking at another element of it, refraction. Refraction of light is when the speed of the light is slowed down when it travels through a transparent object and the light actually bends.
Have you ever been in a totally dark place? So dark, you can find yourself in it? I compare this type of darkness in life to being awakened in the middle of the night in a storm and all the power is out. You are in your familiar place, but in the confusion of being woke up quickly, you can’t find your bearings. Even putting your feet on the floor feels weird. Most people today would reach for their cell phone on the night stand to get at least some measure of light to see and not “folly” around.
That little speck of light is like the light of Jesus in our lives. That light moves through us and is refracted in an array of colors and sparkles. The rainbow here too reminds of the Pride Flag in the LGBTQ+ community and the torment they have suffered at the hands of “believers” that assume so much about their faith that they make it their zeal to shame and cause emotional and sometimes physical pain to people. This kind of light is not what Jesus had in mind. No matter your stance on the issue, love is more of facilitator than hate.
May you experience the light of Jesus in a new way today and as the light passes through you, may it refract in the direction of love and acceptance. Make a special effort today to show your love for a person you know in the LGBTQ+ community, maybe even yourself. Amen.
About the Author
Evan Taylor is a man with many hats. Running his own photography business, raising 3 adopted kiddos and staying in love with his amazing wife of nearly 14 years, he rarely slows down. Joining the staff at East Side in June of 2014 part time as Outreach Coordinator,, Evan has felt a passion for the community of Tulsa. Since January of 2017, his title changed to Outreach Minister and he moved into the position full time. Evan is a graduate of OSU-Okmulgee in photography in 2000 and Graduated from the Commissioned Ministers Training Program through the state office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Oklahoma in 2015. His hobbies include reading, writing, scary movies and trying out funky art projects.
Evan lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Deanna and their 3 kids, Jessie, Dexter and Ripley.