For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Sun was dying in the west on a crisp fall afternoon. It happened to be Friday, the “Preparation Day,” and I was anticipating the blessed Sabbath Day. As I looked over the lovely lake on which we lived in Florida, I gazed upon lovely reflections in the water. My eyes could hardly believe the beauty I was beholding. The sandhill cranes had landed on the small island out in the lake. Although they could be noisy at times, it was always a joy to see them.
My husband and I decided that we wanted to capture the beauty of the moment so I went to retrieve our trusty 35 MM camera. We snapped some photos of the sunset and the reflections on the lake. At some future time we finished taking the roll of film and took it to the neighborhood drugstore to have it developed forgetting exactly what photos we had taken. As we looked through our developed photographs, we came to the ones of the sunset over the lake and how disappointed we were. It did not duplicate or even remotely resemble the beauty that we had seen that Friday afternoon.
This must be how God feels about the reflections of our lives many times. As Christians we should reflect the mind and character of Jesus yet we allow self to slip into our daily lives. Our focus is drawn from our precious Saviour, and we begin to think of the problems we are encountering. Instead of praising His Holy Name, we find ourselves complaining and even feeling sorry for ourselves.
At times like these, we all really need a Saviour. Let us behold the beauty of His life and His great sacrifice. Let’s praise Him today! As we behold Him, we become changed, and as we become changed, our reflection will be more beautiful.