The City Illumed by God’s Glory

 22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. (Revelation 21:22-25)


The sun shone brightly ahead with a fierce intensity. It was impossible to look directly at it. Because the lowered car visor was insufficient, I raised my hand to try and deflect the rays to continue driving. This temporary, and mostly ineffective, shield did not allow me to look at the sun, but I did view a sight I had never witnessed before. The power lines all along the road ahead of me were ablaze with light, a golden brilliance that seemed to sweep upward toward the sky. Literally aglow from the sun’s radiance reflected onto the lines, the sight brought to my mind’s eye the path to the City we each strive with hope and faith to reach one day at the end of our life journey.

This City is described in Revelations in the context of many precious gems that we regard as valuable in this mortal world: jasper, ruby, pure gold, sapphire, emerald, topaz, turquoise, jacinth, amethyst, pearls, onyx, chrysolite, and more.


The depiction is one that gives us some understanding and context as we attempt to grasp what this place is like that awaits us when we follow His Light. As we travel in this world on a dusty, bumpy, pot-holed road with weed growth in the cracks that is not paved with gold, the Light beckons–and we continue onward in anticipation of our arrival at the gates of this beautiful City of God’s Light.

The power lines that late afternoon were a reminder of the Power of the One Who IS Light—our Lord and Savior. The golden glow emanating from them seemed like a path paved with gold, directing my focus upward. How many times do we miss these sights provided just for us. Everywhere we look, we see God’s glory. Do we fail to witness and stare in awe?

That day, that moment in time, a golden glow of His Light from the sun was cast onto a row of power lines. I was a witness to this beautiful sight. I could not stare directly into the sun, for it was/it is a power beyond my ability to meet eye-to-Eye. Yet, the reflection was one I could behold, a gift that afternoon and a reminder that God is here. We just have to look and witness.

(Sharon  G. Tate blog 08/26/18)  Meditations on God’s Word