By Annette McDaniel
The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork! Psalm 19:1
There is a small lake in the backcountry of Idaho where the calm green water reflects the rugged Cascade mountains against the sky. The lodgepole pine and western hemlock growing down to the water’s edge, are mirrored in its depths. At dusk the mist hangs low over the water, and the nesting waterfowl voices echo across its surface. The illumination from the stars produce enough light to see without aid. It is a prime location for night time photographers and astronomers because of the clarity of the atmosphere.
We are so used to reflections in our daily lives we barely notice them.
Physical science tells us, the cause of a reflection is “the change in direction of a wave-front between two different media at a point where the wave-front returns into the medium from which it originated”. There are also acoustical reflections that produce echoes. Personally, I think physics makes it too complicated. All we need to know is that light is needed to produce a reflection and sound is needed to produce an echo. Sound and light.
In the beginning . . .. God said, “Let there be light. And there was light. Genesis 1:1-2
Since the beginning there have been reflections of God’s marvelous creation in every calm lake and smooth surface. One cannot see that in the turbulent rush of churning water around the boulders in Idaho’s Snake River. Calm water is required. Perhaps that why the Psalmist says that we are led beside still waters when our soul is restored. (Psalm 23.)
Like the quiet tranquility of the Idaho lake, our reflections of God’s attributes require peace and serenity. We are to be the “media” from which the light and love of God is replicated to produce the image of God to others. Our light is the reflected light of our Creator.
It is fascinating to me that everything that God created was produced by His command. But, before He made man He had a Conference. “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” Then, it was a “hands-on project. God formed man from the dust of the ground, and then God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life! How much more personal can One get? How amazing is it to be made in His image?
If we are made in His image then we have the mind, the emotions and the will of the Father. But, to stay true to His will, we must continuously reflect the light of His image.
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt.5:16
When the turbulence of daily news reports reminds us of the deterioration of our society, how can we reflect God’s goodness? Turn away from those negative images. Dwell on “whatsoever things are of good report.” Or, find your peaceful place.
At a moment’s notice I can recall my favorite Idaho lake, and allow the tranquility of the setting, right down to the smell of the pine needles and warmth of the sun do it’s healing work.