It was early in the morning and I was heading down Grand Avenue. Checking traffic as usual I glanced at my rear-view mirrors. The full moon of the night before was continuing to hover above the horizon. Immediately my mind fell in gear to the reality that I was looking at a reflection of a reflection. I thought a little about reflections that stand fixed in my memory. As a child, looking from our home it was common to see boats reflecting in perfectly still water. The Adirondack Mountains contain hundreds of lakes that are mirror-like every morning. Crystal Caves, Bermuda is second to none when the lights are turned on and we observe the formations reflected from above. The list is endless.
The thought that the moon was simply reflecting the sun seemed so arresting. In turn, my mirror was reflecting the moon. My thoughts turned to Jesus’ statement that, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NASB) In all of the lighthouses I have visited as well as Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Bermuda where I grew up, it was never the light that people saw but merely the reflection of that light. Hundreds of magnifying glasses of the prisms reflect the light back into an area that projects it miles and miles to warn and welcome the seafarers. The thought of Matthew 5:14-16 (NASB) reads: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck measure, but on the lamp stand and it gives light to all that are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”
We know the One who is the Light; He is Christ. We are light reflectors of our Christ. Unlighted lamps are more a peril than a blessing. It is imperative that we allow the Light whom we have invited into our life to manifest Him through us and thus encourage others to follow Him.
By now I was close to the place to which I was headed but I found myself praying, “Lord, help me to so reflect Christ that others may be attracted to Him. Lord, if this is all of the light that others see, help it be polished in such a fashion that the Savior will be glorified and that it may attract others to Jesus. May it not promote me, but You, Lord. May the brightness of Your reflected light so enamor the darkened hearts of men that they will invite my Savior to be their Savior too.