God calls us to reflect the light of God’s love.
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“As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils,
we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory.
This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 God’s Word to the Nations
By the time I took this picture I had already spent a great deal of time in the Paint Mines. It was getting dark as the sun was partially hidden behind a fairly massive thunderhead to the west. As I hiked back to the car up this hill I was overwhelmed by the scene of this bench.
What makes this picture unique is the lighting. Even though I was at a 90 degree angle to the sun, there was this magnificent backlit view of the bench. When your light source is directly behind your subject you create a silhouette of your subject. But the sun wasn’t directly in front of me. The clouds, reflecting the light of the sun, were my light source and created this backlit scene.
We are not the source of light in this world but we are given the responsibility of reflecting the true light. Jesus is the Light of the world (John 9:5). The power of his forgiving love was displayed for us in his crucifixion and resurrection.
However, as his baptized, we continue to reflect his light in the world. That is the responsibility of the church. That is why we exist. These clouds make this scene because they are doing what the laws of nature tell us they had to do; reflect the light of the sun.
Thank God for the privilege we have reflecting his light and in reflecting that light, adding beauty to the world.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner