Have you ever stood in awe of God as you watched the beauty and grander of a sunrise? Can you just feel His presence in the glory displayed? Well, that’s exactly what happened the other morning. I was blessed to be at the mission’s conference at Murrieta Hot Springs. I so desired to meet with God and to seek His plans for my life. I rose early and rushed to be by the lake. Many times when I am in a beautiful place I love to do my morning devotions in the quiet, at the break of dawn, when a new day just begins. Although I had my Bible in hand, ready for my devotions, it was then that God began to speak to my heart through His creation. No words were necessary.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. —Romans 1:20
As I sat by the lake and beheld His beauty my eyes turned to the wonder of the sunrise’s reflection upon the lake. And although the silhouetted likeness of the palm trees were beautiful in the midst of all the colors displayed; they were marred by the gentle ripples upon the lake’s surface.
I felt at that moment as if it was a beautiful picture of who we are in Christ. You see, we are called to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1). We are called to reflect His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). This is our identity in Him. And yet, no matter how much we desire to become like Him, no matter how much we grow in our relationship with Him, and no matter how much we die to self; we are only a reflection of the One we stand in awe of, because in many ways we are marred by our humanness. The majesty belongs to Him and Him alone.
Yet, just as in the beauty of the reflection upon the surface of the lake, our lives can be a beautiful reflection of Him to those who are watching. As we choose to die to self and live for Christ, we reflect the Lord’s glory. As we choose to forgive those who have hurt us, we reflect the Lord’s glory. As we choose to give up all and follow Him, we reflect the Lord’s glory. Yet, are we perfect in the reflection? Of course not! But can the reflection of Him in our lives be beautiful? Yes!
That’s what God was speaking to my heart during that quite moment. Although I may blow it and make many mistakes in my desire to follow Him, His beauty is still revealed in the reflection of His glory. And just as many will stop and stand in awe of a beautiful sunrise, people are watching the beauty of His reflection upon our lives.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18
How is God calling you to reflect Him today? As you step out of darkness and into the light is there something you need to do? Is He calling your to die to self, forgive someone, or give up something so that you can shine bright for the Kingdom of God? What are you waiting for? Are you living out who you are in Christ? I’m looking forward to your comments. Feel free to share what God is revealing to you in the midst of His invisible qualities to help encourage all of us in our walks with Him. May we, together, reflect His glory to all who are around us.
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I so love your blogs. They inspire me and make me realize more of what I need to do. Thank you so much.
Thanks for the encouragement! We all have so much more we need to do! Praise the Lord–He is so gentle, loving and patient with us!
Last yr the Lord wanted me to work on reflecting His Love,,, adding to that this yr~ He on me about grace; yikes, He’s already given me 2 instances that are agonizing tests. Wish I could say the reflection is clear at this point, but lots to work on in 2012!! Praise God for His patience.
Yeah, that’s why the reflection of the sunrise so spoke to me that morning by the lake. Although we are trying in our walk to become more and more like Him, we are only a marred reflection! But He even showed me another picture yesterday concerning this–the stiller we are, the more we reflect Him; the more in turmoil we are, the lest we reflect Him. Just like a pond if it was completely still the reflection is pretty cool, but if it were a raging ocean we can hardly see any reflection at all. Listen to His still small voice. “Be still and know that I am God”–Psalm 46:10.