What Does Your Life Reflect?

What Does Your Life Reflect?

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” –Psalm 8:3-9

This morning, I had one of those rare moments when I got to witness the sun making its ascent over the horizon, while simultaneously the moon still hung suspended in the violet sky. It was such a beautiful sight. Shades of pink and orange seemed to creep across the sky and chase away the night, while the stubborn moon refused to turn out its light.

Sometimes when I look at the moon, I can distinctly see the outline of the Earth casting its shadow to create the classic crescent shape. On this particular morning, the sky was clear and the round shadow of the Earth contrasted heavily against the crisp, white sphere.

Like the author of Psalm 8, I too found myself struggling not to contemplate the majesty of the Lord as I observed the morning sky and heavenly bodies. When we look closely, we can realize that all creation sings of God’s glory and is an analogy of something in the spiritual realm.

As I gazed upon the moon, I was reminded of how we as humans are created in the image of God. As the moon reflects the light of the sun, we too are created to reflect the glory of God and reveal His image. But just as the moon appears as a crescent or “not full” when the earth crosses the path between the moon and the sun, we too are “not full” of God’s glory when we allow the world to get between us and God. In fact, sometimes, we can allow the world to wedge itself so far in-between us and God that we stop shining completely. We are empty. Our light has gone out. It is only when we allow nothing to get in between us and God that we can shine our brightest. When the path between us and God is clear, we are full. That is when we reflect God’s glory to the fullest. That is when we are exactly who we were created to be, reflections of Jesus, the Son.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).