Thursday, November 6, 2008


Tonight I was reflecting on what it is to be a reflection of Christ-- to reflect God, to reflect His glory--to show others what He looks like, acts like, loves like. Some of my favorite photos from my trip to Michigan this fall were photos of fall foliage reflected in a pond near my uncle's lakeside cottage. As we drove past the pond, I pulled the van to a screeching halt as I saw the beauty not only of the trees themselves, but also of the reflection of the trees in the water. It was stunning...

The colors themselves were lovely, but the reflection in the water was that much MORE amazing! The reflection made it doubly beautiful!

I began to think about what makes a really good reflection? Stillness of the water surface is the key ingredient. When the breeze blew, or a fish or frog jumped, the surface of the water was disturbed, and the reflection was unclear...more like a watercolor than a photograph... an artist's rendition rather than a clear reflection... But, when the water was still... mmmm. A beautifully crisp and clear reflection....
So, how do I become a clear and crisp and beautiful reflection of God?
Psalm 46:10 gives us a hint: "Be still, and know that I am God." If we will be still and know in the very depths of our being, in the depths of our spirits, that He is God, that stillness--that complete heart-and-mind-and-soul-and-strength knowledge of God--will be reflected in our lives. It will be reflected in the peace and joy on our faces and in our daily walks. (even in the midst of trouble or turmoil)
And others will see God's reflection...clearly, beautifully, fully. Then, like the water in the pond, they will not notice US, they will notice God in us. They will see a true reflection of God--of Who He is and what He is like--if we will be still in His love.
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
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18
This, then, is my prayer for today... that I may be still and know that He is God...that others may see His glory reflected in me and in my life... that they may stand in awe of Who He is and know that He is Lord.


  1. that is such a brilliant reflection!
    The water is so still just like a mirror. Excellent job!

  2. I've never interpreted the verse the way you did, but I like your insight. Sometimes...hmm... I do suspect God's presence in me, you know, with the less devoted way I live ( always dry and worrying, HA! ), but I guess, you're right! I just got to be still, so STILL that I can see and grasp the presence of God, and know that He is in control.

    I truly want to be such still waters, and see some real reflection. Hopefully, it's a beautiful one like the picture. =)

    I'm glad you waited for that still moment. Your pictures are beautifully captured. =)

  3. JH- i'm so glad you liked the photos! when i saw the little pond, i just had to pull over, leap out, and start photographing! my patient mother waited in the car, as she does so many times when i am visiting her and have to stop for photoshooting! this was just too perfect!!

    Stardust - i think we're like little kids, just wiggling and squirming! it's so hard to be still but the rewards of knowing His presence is so worth it! let's just keep working on it together! :)


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