“For now we see only a reflection, as in a mirror, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Cor. 13:12)
In Yosemite last week I saw many reflections. And it got me thinking about how a reflection is an imperfect reproduction of the original. It can be very beautiful, but it is never exact, and it can never capture the entirety of the scene. Imagine, then, that the “original,” or the fantastic beauty we see in nature, is a reflection of the new heavens and new earth our magnificent Creator is fashioning. The image of God can be seen in every element of creation, in rocks and rivers and all living things, but no one thing is an exact rendering, nor can we see God’s fullness.
I imagine God delights when we see the divine reflection all around us – a glimpse of the abundance of God. May we respond with delight and gratitude. And may our own lives reflect God’s abundant love so that others might see it in us.
Wishing you Christ’s peace,