“The light is everything” is the last line of “The Ponds” by Mary Oliver, who is one of my favorite poets of all time. In “The Ponds” Oliver encourages herself and us to look past the imperfections of life and focus on the beauty that exists. Here is the whole poem:
The Ponds by Mary Oliver
Every year the lilies are so perfect I can hardly believe
their lapped light crowding the black, mid-summer ponds. Nobody could count all of them—
the muskrats swimming among the pads and the grasses can reach out their muscular arms and touch
only so many, they are that rife and wild. But what in this world is perfect?
I bend closer and see how this one is clearly lopsided— and that one wears an orange blight— and this one is a glossy cheek
half nibbled away— and that one is a slumped purse full of its own unstoppable decay.
Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled— to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking
into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing— that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do.
I found this at Kingdom Grace (I love her blog) and thought it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve read in a while. Here’s hoping it is a blessing and inspiration to you as well. (It was written by Baxter Kruger)
As the light of Jesus shines into our darkness, we will not be yearning to escape the ordinary, we will be stunned and full of wonder at the ordinary presence of the blessed Trinity in our humanity.
Heaven is not a bodiless state in an invisible place. Heaven is the life of the Father, Son and Spirit coming to full and abiding expression in our human existence, and the earth and the cosmos are filled with the life and love and fellowship of the blessed Trinity.
Meantime we grieve over the self-centeredness, over the lust and greed, the social and racial, environmental and political and religious injustices that run wild around us, wreaking such havoc in our lives.
And we fast and pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to us in our darkness.
We pray for people to be given eyes to see and that the way things arein Jesus Christwould indeed emerge more and more in our human existence.