I have a corner office with two walls of windows. It is situated so that my chair faces the rising sun when I am working at my computer, and there is a tiny cut-glass elephant sitting on the shelf next to my monitors. When the morning sun streams in, the light catches the small facets of glass and dozens of small rainbow squares bounce on the tall cabinet standing in the corner next to my left shoulder. This simple delight never fails to bring a smile to my face, and I often pause long enough to thank God for the place He has given me and the people with whom I work.
Reflected light is a fascinating mystery. The sun blazes. Light and warmth radiate from this natural source. It is powerful enough to reach the moon, which, though dark and lifeless, reflects that light back to the earth. When the moon is at its fullest, that is, fully facing the sun, the reflected light is quite bright.
Jesus came to bring light and life to the world. His love is the source and force of this light, and we, His people, reflect that light and love. The analogy of the sun and moon helps me to see that I am a reflector of light, not the source of light. I do not initiate God’s love toward others. I simply reflect it. After all, we love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
This truth is something on which to meditate. If I am fully facing the Son, allowing His light of love to envelope me, I will naturally reflect it. I am His to position and situate as He sees fit to reflect His love like rainbows of promise to the world around me. If I turn from Him, if I hide from Him, I cannot truly reflect Him. If what radiates from me is not love of God and love of people, then I am not in the love of God. “And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” (1 John 4:21 NKJV) Interestingly, I see this as a matter of position rather than a matter of performance. Positioned correctly, the result will be a reflection of true light.
Dear reader, how are you situated? Is your face fully turned to Jesus? Has He captured your heart completely? Does He have your full attention? Let us take time this week to sit at His feet and feel His gaze upon us.
Until next week, beloved, open your heart to Him and receive the love that dispels darkness. It’s reflection will be breathtaking to the world around you.