It was a hot day, so I was putting some water on the memorial roses at church. As I watered the thirsty plants I noticed that as I moved around there were warmer spots in the memorial rose garden area than other spots. I looked up to see if the sun was hitting me, but the late afternoon sun was already setting behind the high peak of the church roof line. All of the rose garden area was in the shade at this time of day. However, I couldn’t shake this feeling that one spot in the garden in particular was like I was underneath one of those outdoor restaurant heaters. I thought maybe the wind was not circulating well in this quad area, or that maybe the trees above me were keeping in this warm pocket of air trapped that I occasionally passed through. My mind contemplated this for several minutes as I watered the roses; until finally, I turned and looked at an adjacent building to find that the sun was reflecting off a window and lighting a heat filled sun ray over to where I was standing in the shade.
Wow, I’ve seen reflections before, but never such a reflection that included the heat of the sun in it in addition to its ray of light. This was the best reflection of the sun that I ever felt, as it carried not only its light, but also the warmth of the sun too.
I want to reflect the “Son” like this. A reflection that is noticeable to those who are around me, who might not currently be in the “Son”. I want them to not only see the light, but also feel the warmth that is found in the “Son”.
My mind goes to the Scripture that calls us to be “imitators of Christ”. (Ephesians 5:1)
This means that we…. “live a life of love, just as Christ loved us.”
This means that we… must rid ourselves of some things: “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” (Eph. 5:3-4)
A life like that reflects the “Son” well; His light and warmth is felt through a reflection like that!
How’s your reflection going?
– Pastor Doug