Our house had been burglarized three times, and our yard backed up to dense woods that always seemed to attract hooligans. So it should be no surprise that, as a kid, I was afraid of the dark. I remember descending the stairs into the dreaded basement, wrapping the length of my little left arm around the end of the wall, and making a frantic sweeping motion, hoping I would hit the light switch on the first pass. Then there was the “Oh, no!” moment when I would hear the switch ‘click’ and find no one had replaced the bad bulbs. Didn’t they realize the basement windows were big enough for someone to slip through? If they forgot to replace the bulbs, maybe they forgot to lock the walkout. Did I just hear footsteps?
There was a time when the earth was darker than my basement. “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” (Genesis 1:2). So God’s first order of business was to turn on the lights! “And God said let there be light: and there was light” (v. 3). I love that! No switches to feel for. No bulbs to check. When God saw the light He just created, He declared that it was good (v. 4).
Thus began the busy six days where God spoke into existence his perfect creation – land and sea; grass, herbs, and trees; stars, sun, and the beginning of time; all the creatures in the water and fowl of the air. On Day Six, He crowned His creation with cattle, beasts, creeping things and man. Everything He created was examined under the light and determined to be good. At the end of Day Six, God took it all in and observed, “…it was very good” (v. 31).
We too, when making the decisions that create the days, weeks, and years that make up our lives, should judge them under the light that comes from God. What His truth says about our work is more important than any meaning we may attribute to it. When we arrive at our “Day Six,” just before we go to our rest, may the Lord say of each of our lives, “…it was very good.”