Mirrors of God

Still, calm water is a great mirror. Onto it’s surface is reflected the clouds above, the birds flying over its glassy surface and the trees or homes that surround the water which can be clearly seen in its reflective surface.
Like the water’s surface, we are mirrors of God’s glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us why this is possible. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We are being transformed, and it’s not some haphazard transition. Through the Holy Spirit we are becoming more like Jesus. His glory is being revealed in us. Not for us to boast about, but or others to see and desire it too.

Until we have a relationship with Christ, our hearts have a veil over them.
But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:14
The veil makes it impossible for us to see the glory of God. Our lives are dull, our minds unable to see or comprehend the glory that awaits us in Christ. It is like the lake on a cloudy day where there is no sun to light up the reflections that are right there, but can’t be seen.
The Light of the Lord, His glory is the ‘sun’ for our reflection. It illuminates us, testifying to the glory within us. Others are able to see their reflection in us, like the clouds in the lake, and clearly see their need for the Light that is in our lives, to be in theirs. This is a gift of God for the lost world He is calling unto Himself.
So, as I gaze at the reflections in the lake out back, I am thankful once again, that the veil to my heart has been removed by Jesus and that my light shines into the dark, showing the way home to the searching lost. So, be a mirror of God’s glory to the world that sits watching for it without knowing what they are watching for. To the glory of God, our Light, our Savior.

By Deni Fortuna

God’s rain is always falling

In recent weeks our lake out back has become quite thirsty. First there is the drought that has descended upon southeastern lower Michigan and which has yet to be broken. Then there is the blockage in the river coming into our lake. Several trees have fallen in and are restricting the flow of water to the lake. The result is a muddy, weedy lake that is neither pretty to look at or a joy for the water animals, fish and birds who reside on or in the lake. So, the lake waits for something to happen to restore its beauty and joy.

Isn’t this what happens to our soul?

We never meant for the drought to happen, let alone get so severe. When some days got busy and we skipped reading God’s word, we told ourselves it was just a couple of days, we’d be back to reading daily in no time. But, a few more days passed without relief in sight from the busyness of the world and Bibles remained in the same spot we left it.

In order to meet our deadlines, our prayer time with God got shorter. Then a little less frequently, and then some guilt began to creep in. We justified our actions, well our in-action really, by telling ourselves God understands. Little by little our spirit got thirsty until we are in a severe drought.

We had left the rain of God’s Word that waters and feeds our souls, and some ‘trees’ fell into our stream of prayer with the Father. We are now parched, dried-up, not able to sustain others let alone ourselves.

Well, unlike the lake, we don’t have to wait for rain or for someone to clear out the trees. God’s rain is always falling, we just have to put ourselves back into it; open His Word and open our mouths. Reading God’s word and taking time to talk with Him gets the water flowing and our thirst quenched. We can ask God for help in managing the trees so we don’t get cut off again from His life-giving water.

When your water level drops, don’t ignore it. Get out your sword (the Word of God), hack the trees away, put time into your relationship with the Lord and feel God’s reviving water restore you and get you flowing again in His Kingdom.

 ~ Deni Fortuna