The day was cloudy, but enough light prevailed to cast some perfect reflections in the still waters of Easter Lake. I corralled Molly and paused to drink in the beauty and snap a few pictures. The majestic trees and cloudy sky are shown in perfect duplicate on the water's surface.
Proverbs 27:19 cautions us: "As water reflects a face, so a (wo)man's heart reflects the (wo)man.
If the lake had been surrounded by garbage, the water would have reflected the garbage. If turmoil and chaos were on the shore, the water would have reflected turmoil and chaos.
My heart is still water. I deeply desire to reflect peace and joy, but if I surround myself with garbage, I'm in danger of reflecting that. If turmoil and chaos control my life, I will reflect them. But, if I am learning to live a more godly life, I will reflect those positive attributes.
This is the time of year when the question is standard: Did you have a good summer?
Perhaps a more challenging question would be: Did you do something to draw closer to God this summer?
Camps, retreats, even family vacations can be opportunities for time with God, drawing closer to Him, and then reflecting His nature to our world.
What are you reflecting today?
My prayer is that you can say with Paul: "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18
Susan Lawrence taught elementary school for 33 years before hanging up her chalkboard to write and speak. She writes novels for both adults and middle grade children. Susan lives in Iowa with her husband and short-legged Lab, Molly. She has 3 children and 7 grandchildren who love to hear her stories.