One more fishing story before I move on. This one will find some of you chuckling and others will nod in agreement.
I am not a morning person. I love the lights of the night and seeing the stars. I am a night person. That being said, when my husband told me we had to get up at 4 a.m. to go on a fishing trip, I was a bit disturbed. However, since it was a gift and fishing trip, I was willing to do it. Against what I am used to doing, I went to bed at 8 p.m. I wanted to be fresh and wide awake the following day. I didn’t want to have to fight sleepiness.
We made it to our destination on time. It was still pretty dark. The day was getting brighter. As I stood on the edge of the water waiting for us to board the boat, I noticed the sun peeking up over the water. It was something rare for me to see. I suddenly realized how beautiful it was! I was fascinated by this new phenomenon. I was mesmerized by the sun and its beauty.
We soon got on the boat before the sun was completely up. I kept watching the sun. Finally, the sun was up over the water enough to be able to see the reflection of it on the water. It was beautiful! I realized how much I have missed by not getting up and seeing the sunrise. The reflection on the water sparkled. I was taken back by all of the beauty and the brightness of the reflection from the sun. I hold that memory dear in my heart.
As I sat there I could very clearly hear God say, “That is what you are to do. You are to reflect my glory in you.” I felt God’s love in a new and fresh way.
2 Corinthians 3:18 reminds us, “So, all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord who is the Spirit makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” Once we become Christians, the veil is removed and we can see clearly the glory of the Lord. As we see God’s glory, we are to reflect that so others can see his glory in us. Just as I looked upon the water and saw the reflection of the sun, we are to be a reflection of God’s glory so others may see the beauty of God in us.
We are called as Christians to reflect not only God’s glory but his love as well. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 God is a God that loves. We know that God is love. If we have turned our lives over to God, then we can be assured God loves us. If God loved us so much that he allowed his only Son to die for us, what right do we have not to reflect his love for others?
As I was thinking about this and trying to remember all that I took in, one thing I don’t remember is seeing the reflection on the water after the sun was completely up. Maybe it was still there and I missed it or I was too busy catching fish. I just don’t remember seeing it later in the day. As I thought about this, I was reminded there are times in our lives we lose the reflection of God in our lives. It may be because of busyness, or raising children, or careers, or whatever. We just get to the point where we have lost God’s glory in our lives. It’s in those times we need to get off by ourselves and watch a beautiful sunrise and be reminded of His glory. I would love to get up every morning and watch a beautiful sunrise, but even if I did, where I live it wouldn’t be as impressive. I live in a neighborhood and it’s not always easy to see the sun rise. But this adventure has made me realize there are times I need to get away and find a place where I can watch the sunrise so I can be reminded of God’s glory and my calling.
I cannot put into words the beauty of that morning. I cannot put into words the love I felt from God during those brief few minutes. All I can do is encourage you to get up one morning, drive to a place where you can see the sun rise and allow God’s glory to flow through you. Let that time be a reminder of how we are to be reflectors of God’s glory and his love.
I told our guide this would not be the last fishing trip we took and it certainly won’t be the last sunrise I see. There is something peaceful in seeing a beautiful sunrise. I am just sorry it took me all these years to realize it. The great thing about God is he is always waiting for us to step into his glory; no matter how long we take to do it.
I challenge you to get up and watch the sunrise one morning. Better yet, find a lake or a body of water and watch the reflection on the water as the sun rises. Allow God to speak to you and allow God’s peace and his glory flow through you. Close your eyes and feel the love he has for you. But, don’t leave it there. Go out into the world and reflect God’s glory so others may see him through you.
Dear God: I am so grateful for the opportunity to see the sunrise on the water. To see the reflection of the sun on the water and watch as it sparkled and danced about. Thank you for the reminder that I too am to be a reflection of the Son’s light. I am to reflect your glory and share your love with others. Remind me to catch a sunrise when the glow of the God’s glory begins to dim in my life. Thank you for loving me just as I am. Amen