About 10 years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and sing for people. My friend Rob and I took guitars and while on the trip we did gigs here and there and everywhere - in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. I was actually robbed at gunpoint in Guayaquil - but that’s another story. Being involved with World Vision we also had the great privilege to travel high into the mountains to some remote villages where World Vision worked educating communities and feeding young children. I’ll be traveling to Mexico soon, also to do some music ministry - and hopefully have a little r&r time as well.
So I’ve been thinking about the Spanish songs and remembering that trip to Ecuador because we worked pretty hard at the Spanish language so that we could communicate with locals and be effective in our musical presentation and the speaking in between songs. When I was in Ecuador I learned that Spanish for giving birth is ‘dar a luz’. I found that very interesting because literally translated that means ‘to give light’. When a new baby is born they are ‘brought into the light’ or ‘given light’.
I love how various languages bring ‘aha’ moments to the meanings of words and phrases, much the same way that poetry can help you think about an idea in a way you’ve never thought about it before. Think about giving birth in a different way for example. You can give birth to a new idea. You can experience a rebirth in your career or in your personal life. You can be born again in a spiritual sense.
Now look at all of those things but with the understanding of ‘giving light’. I love this. Giving birth to a new idea is like a light bulb moment - ‘Aha, that’s it!’. You’ve been given light. Having a rebirth in your career, feels like you have new life in your work. You’ve been given light. And if you are a spiritual person there is the idea of new birth in your faith. Being born again is to receive the ‘light of Christ’ in your life. You’ve been given light. John 1:5 says ‘the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it’. As a Christian I do believe that God has a hand somehow in everything in my life. As an imperfect person, I sometimes struggle with that idea, but my heart believes and my faith compels me to believe. To believe He brought me into the world, and gave me light. To believe that He gave light to the world through Christ. To believe that every day He wants to give me moments and experiences of His light to shine into my day, and that I can reflect that very light to others.
Dar a luz - Spanish, to give birth - literally, to give light. Think about it…