Consider the following:
"Light is the Shadow of God."
Plato, Greek philosopher from Athens said that. About 2,400 years ago, along with a bunch of other cool things.
That God is so bright his shadow is what illuminates our world. Shooting stars, sparks from flint, lightning, the flame of a lowly match, sunlight, moonlight, bio-luminescence, any source of light is a glimpse of the shadow of God?
That which what we see by is His shadow. That is pretty deep. Perhaps Plato believed people could not withstand the direct sight of God. I wonder what he would have thought about Marie Curie's discovery? Further emanations from God?
Light is the Shadow of God.
As writers, what can get from this?
One, I think it talks to the process of showing not telling. Writers don't need to describe everything in detail, leave something to the imagination. Light is the Shadow of God.
Two, as writers we need to stretch our imaginations, use words and meanings for purposes and definitions they weren't meant for but that lead the reader to where you want them to go. Light is the Shadow of God.
Picture for today is from Anthony Chapel, just outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas. I love this photograph. It is a delicate, abstract interplay of lines, light and shadow, and as a place where people come to be bonded together in the eyes of the Lord, I assume His direct emanations are in there too somewhere.
We just can't see them.
But they are there, nonetheless.
Look for them. Not with your eyes, for your eyes are unable to see, but with your soul.
Light is the Shadow of God...
See, told you I wasn't going to talk about religion, but I did get really close.