Wednesday Wonderings: Lessons from Alaska

Suzanne Summer, Uncategorized

The very first spoken words of God in Scripture are: “Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). The first words out of God’s mouth to man!

After spending two weeks of July in Alaska, where the sun never really sets, I’ve had an entirely new understanding of what “light” means to creation. Here’s an example: if you were to plant an arugula seed in Alaska during the summer, you could count on harvesting it for a salad in 10 days. In the lower 48, that arugula would need 40 days ’til harvest. Not because of warming days…because of long days of light!

That’s why Alaskan gardeners can grow those curiously giant vegetables during such a short growing season.


Of course…just like wild turkeys flying over the fence to invade my garden and eat up the ripe grapes, Alaskans have their own version of garden thieves…


But back to “light”…I’ve come back from Alaska attentive to how many times “light” is mentioned in the Bible. From those first spoken words of God, to Jesus’s claim that He is the light of the world (John 8:12).

Any insights about the impact of light to share? Please leave a comment!

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