I’ve always been entranced when watching the sun’s reflection dance on a wind-kissed lake. The wind coaxes the water into little peaks, giving the lake thousands of arms to reach up, catch and reflect the sun’s beauty.
The sun is too brilliant to stare directly at, but I can enjoy a lingering look at its reflection. The longer I stare at the chorus line of dancing diamonds, the more spectacular and active they become. It’s breathtaking, really. I begin to think of the sun as God’s glory and see each little sparkle as us—the body of Christ reflecting His glory, becoming more and more brilliant as we soak up His light. But I also notice a few areas of the lake that are not sparkling… a dark cloud is blocking the light.
What shall we do? Passively reflect darkness? Or actively seek light? Just as the sun is always there, whether it’s behind a cloud or on the other side of the earth, God is always there—no matter how dark the circumstance may seem. If we put our trust in Jesus, our true source of light is never hidden and cannot be extinguished. We not only reflect external light, we become radiant with an internal light. We have the light of the world, the hope of glory—Christ—inside us. I know that’s a hard one to wrap the human brain around, but it’s a spiritual truth, a biblical promise. (Col 1:27)
Even on the darkest day, in the most difficult of circumstances, we can have peace and be of good cheer, knowing that He has overcome the world (John 17:33). In union with Him—you are absolutely, positively radiant.
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” (Exodus 33:18)
Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” (Exodus 33:21-23)
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. (Exodus 34:29)