It struck me that if the Moon and Venus can beam that brightly, as dull-surfaced and void of light as they are in themselves, I need not worry so much about my own spiritual reflective index—my degree of goodness or godliness, as perceived by myself or others. All I really have to do is be there to reflect God’s light when He shines on me. That realization doesn’t give me license to let myself go and become a spiritual slob, but it’s liberating to know I don’t have to try to appear to be something I’m not.
That experience put a new spin on a phrase from a familiar Bible verse—“Now we see through a glass darkly.”1 I had always applied that to my perception of God and spiritual realities, but now I see that it also applies to how others see God reflected in me. No matter how I may try, I can’t change my own nature any more than a planet or moon can transform itself into a star. That transformation is something that God does as He shines on me. I may not be the most brilliant, reflective surface, but His light is sufficiently bright to make me one of His stars.
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Light can only be seen as it is reflected by objects, but even a speck of dust, as small as it is, can sparkle like a diamond if it will get in the sunshine. If the dust weren’t there, you couldn’t see the light, and if the light weren’t there, you couldn’t see the dust. It takes both. The Creator is seen in the reflection of His creations.2 So “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”3—David Brandt Berg
1. 1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV
2. Romans 1:20
3. Matthew 5:16