Why are so many smartphone screens cracked?
How do trampolines provide hours of fun?
Why did the walls of Jericho crumble to the ground?
Of course, there are numerous answers to each of these questions. One answer that links them all, however, is they are all subject to the Law of Gravity. A force which affects everything in the universe.
Gravity is a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass are brought toward one another, including planets, stars and galaxies, and other physical objects. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity) There are two main factors that affect the strength of this gravitational pull.
Firstly, the more mass something has, the greater the pull will be. The Earth’s mass is huge in comparison to ours, which is why we are physically pulled to its surface and don’t just float off into the sky. It also requires a lot of force and effort to fly away – unless you’re Clark Kent.
Secondly, the closer you are to something, the greater the pull will be. Let’s say that you actually are Superman. As you fly further and further from the Earth’s surface, the pull of gravity becomes weaker. You’d still be affected even if you left the atmosphere, but just not as much as when you were close by.
I have noticed a similar effect to the law of gravity in my life, with things of the spirit. Just as physical gravity causes mass to attract mass; spiritual gravity causes light to attract light.
“That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” (Doctrine and Covenants 50:24)
When we actively seek out people, places and things that provide this spiritual light, we are adding to our own spiritual gravity.
One morning I was scrolling through my news feed and realized I had to leave for University soon. I decided I should probably read the Book of Mormon to start the day. I found great insight in Mosiah about receiving revelation, a topic I was concerned with at the time. It was an answer to an unspoken prayer. In the past I’ve traded scripture study for another 15 minutes of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. However, the thought of reading something that truly inspires me started to have the greater pull.
That one decision to seek light led to me: receiving an answer that would aid future personal revelation, getting back into the habit of morning scripture study, breaking a habit of waking up to social media, being a little more in tune with the spirit that day, and probably more that I’m not even aware of. I really feel like that was a small fulfillment of the Doctrine and Covenants scripture above. As I seek these things out, light attracts light and our desire for more will grow. Before long, we’ll be as attached to things of a spiritual nature as we humans are attached to this very planet.
The Source of Light
Even when we’ve had these experiences, we have to stay as close as we can to God, the source of all spiritual light. When trials come, and our world seems to be turned upside down, it’s the spiritual gravity that will keep us grounded and stop us from floating away. However, if we choose to distance ourselves from God, as with gravity, we will be less able to feel his influence. The moment we begin to draw unto him again and seek light, even to the smallest degree, it will be added upon again and again. But we must continue seeking, and remember what we’ve already received.
Being a Light for Others
Not only should we seek light, but we can be a light (Matthew 5:14). We have a great influence on others. Surrounding ourselves with good people is one of the best ways we can improve. Kristen Oaks spoke about shaping the person we become and the influence we can have on those around us. She talks about with regards to preparing for marriage, but you can apply it to any kind of relationship.
“Every day is important to you because the way you choose to spend your time will determine the person you become. Be the best you can be. I also advise you, from experience, to worry less about marriage than about becoming a disciple of Christ. Your light will attract others to you because light attracts light, and the blessings Heavenly Father has for you will be more wonderful than you can imagine.” (https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/ces-devotionals/2011-09-to-the-singles-of-the-church?lang=eng)
Let’s remember that small decisions can bring great blessings. If we are seeking light we will radiate it. We will also discover a new beauty in everything that is of God and if we continue, we will receive more light and more joy until that perfect day.