Scatter Light

About Lorraine Marie

Lorraine Marie Varela is an author, screenwriter, and professional photographer. She and her husband Gabriel are the co-founders of Inspiring Faith International, a ministry to draw people closer to the heart of God.

Date Published

October 23, 2017

I like spending time with smart people. Learning something new can be interesting and fun. For example, take this job description a chemist gave when asked what she did for a living: “I scatter light.”

Doesn’t that intrigue you? I had no idea what this meant, and knew I had to learn more. From Wikipedia, I discovered this:

“Light scattering is a form of scattering in which light in the form of propagating energy is scattered. Most objects that one sees are visible due to light scattering from their surfaces. Indeed, this is our primary mechanism of physical observation.”

The spiritual applications of this principle are so cool!

Jesus said we are the “light of the world.” Taken in the context of the definition shown above, we scatter: separate and go in different directions and to different places. As we go, we propagate: the substance of our light is in the form of energy by the Holy Spirit that makes our faith known to many people. This causes us to be seen by others and is their primary means of observing us. Wow!!

In a practical sense, how do you put this into action? Here are just a few suggestions: Walk with joy. Look to see the one in front of you. Recognize the value of each person. Smile! Be bold and take risks—remember that you carry the kingdom of God wherever you go.


We scatter light for a living, too.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lamp stand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

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