Genesis 1:26-27, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
I took time last week to get away and focus on where I’m at personally in life since my book was released in early October. There’s been a lot of excitement, a lot of celebrating, and a lot of great opportunities on the horizon; but I was at that point where I needed some quiet time. I like having first-of-the-year sabbaticals where I can escape my normal life and seek out time alone with God. My personality actually craves this solitude. The details for my get-away fell into place and I quickly found myself headed to the lake for a few days of rest and rejuvenation.
Very early on, a focus for my time became crystal clear to me. The idea of “reflections” flowed through almost everything I saw and heard. The place I was staying had a beautiful view of Lake Oconee, and everywhere I looked my eyes were drawn to reflections. There were reflections of birds as they skimmed across the water, and clouds as afternoon storms rolled in. I was able to see the fog reflected in the water as it’s thick rolling edge slowly engulfed everything in its path. Wildlife was abundant around the lakeshore and the multitude of geese and duck calls echoed all around me. In the mornings and evenings these reflections of nature were continuously front and center for me. Their reflective beauty felt like a welcoming affirmation from God Himself.
It reminded me of how we, as children of God, reflect His image to those around us. It is a big responsibility to be His reflection. What does it look like? How do others see it? Do we reflect His eyes, His hair or His skin coloring? Does He look like we do as humans? I think the word “likeness” from Genesis 1:26 refers to something that involves much deeper attributes.
God is first and foremost a spiritual being. His very essence is one of love. To reflect Him, we must reflect His spirit and His love. The capacity to do this comes from willingly submitting ourselves to His leadership in our everyday lives. As we connect with God, His influence naturally flows out of us to others.
When we love others around us, the love is expressed in our behaviors and words, but it resonates from our hearts and minds. As followers of Christ, we possess the divine ability to sense and reflect God’s love through our human spirits. Our hearts, minds and spirits intersecting with His loving spirit creates a beautiful, clear reflection. It pours out of us from a gracious, loving place that blesses the world around us.
My take-away from the time at Lake Oconee is to intentionally strive to be a reflection and to remember the best reflections occur through quiet closeness.
I’ve included a few pictures from my trip.
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January 23, 2020
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