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Inadequate or Radiant (2 of 2)

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)

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3 thoughts on “Inadequate or Radiant (2 of 2)

  1. Lesa

    This series made me think of my professional life. I worked with people who were hurting so much and were reflecting darkness because they truly didn’t believe in their own goodness. When we see that we are truly from one beautiful and holy source, it becomes so much easier to salute both our own light and the light in others. And so much harder to condemn ourselves and others.I love the visual of each as a peaked wave reaching towards the sun.

  2. anj Post author

    It’s heart-breaking, isn’t it? I feel so blessed to have been given a beautiful beginning in life (and yet I still managed to collect baggage along the way), but some people face so many obstacles from the get-go, I can see how it might seem hopeless. Sadly, some stay in the dark, thinking they don’t have any other choice… but it’s always a choice. Thank God, it’s always a choice. And all we can do as those who have chosen light over darkness is to try and reflect that light and pray that others will make the same choice.

    It’s such a beautiful calling to try and help others, but I imagine also frustrating, because in the end each person has to decide for themselves. Have you ever read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis? It’s a really fascinating piece of fiction about people making these kinds of choices. It’s not an easy read, but I think it’s well worth it!

    Thanks for your insights Lesa!

    Love, anj

  3. Lesa

    Funny, I have that book on my shelf (one of my Grandpa’s treasure hunts!). I have had it for years but just haven’t been motivated to dig in. Maybe the time is now!
    Working with people can be frustrating but (besides parenting) it is the most uplifting and inspirational things I have had the privilege of doing. It is because of the way that people, sometimes against all odds, just keep reaching up towards the sun. It moves me. This will be a great tool for me because so many people are motivated by their personal faith. Edging people to identify with their holy and sublime creator…to see themselves as a reflection of that goodness! Wow! It makes so much sense as a therapeutic tool and a way of living.

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