Reflection

Often as I drive to work, I feel compelled to stop and take pictures. My drive to work through New England countryside is so beautiful and yesterday I could not pass by without stopping to take in this majestic view. They call this God’s country. God’s reflection from heaven?  It’s beautiful.

I sometimes wonder how creation can be explained away.  I find it too far reaching to think that the world as we know it in its stupendous intricate life forms just happened over time. For me, the only concept that I can hang my hat on is that there is a God of the universe and in His omnipotence created everything we see and more. So incomprehensible is the magnitude of His perfection to every detail and this God of the universe wants to know me and has become my friend.

This week I noticed a tiny little finch fluttering up and down at my window when I got back from work in the evening. I couldn’t fathom what it was doing and dismissed it as I went on enjoying my evening. The next morning I noticed her again, only this time she had perched herself on another window and was just tapping away at the glass. It then occurred to me that she had made friends with her reflection. This went on for the entire day until dark. I actually captured several pictures as I sat intrigued watching this sweet bird and thought about God’s constant care even for this tiny little finch. I recall a passage from the Bible taught to me as a child.

Matthew 10:29-31
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don?t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
(NIV Bible)

As a Christian I am no longer my own person, as I now belong to Christ who lives within me. I remember as a younger person wondering what that truly meant. I was encouraged from a young age to invite Christ into my life, but it was a concept that I could not grasp. I guess the reason I did not feel it or understand it was because I could not completely relinquish my control to God; meaning that I could not truly let go allowing Him to fully come into my life and change me. And honestly, I don’t believe I completely let go until my daughter died. I believe when she died, I died too. I died to self. But the incredible thing that happened is that I changed. I had no hope left for this life as I knew it, as I contemplated how everything had changed; life as I knew it. But then my faith in God became so real and beautiful as I beseeched Him in prayer, imploring Him to help me find my way. I believe that God desires for us to need Him. I think about the amazing journey I was given as I stumbled along in life as He placed people and circumstances on my path to encourage me. My faith grew.  There are many dimensions to God in His loving care and provision for my life and yours too. From the simplest Godwink to the remarkable signs, and answers to my prayers, as I communicate, trust and experience a meaningful relationship with the God of the universe. Wow!

I believe that God uses us as instruments of His peace love and charity if we recognize His voice and calling when we sense a nudge to do something differently. Life is anything but dull when we are followers of Christ. As we step out of our comfort zone to walk on water, we need to expect to do just that as He uses us for his magnificence. And I need to add here that when I depart from prayer and daily devotion because life gets busy, I find that my day is just not fruitful. It becomes dull and stagnant or the opposite, chaotic and stressful until I pause and reconnect with God as He breathes new life into me.  I no longer accept each day as ordinary. What an adventure it can be when we say yes to that God nudge or wink that gets our attention.

A few things have caught my attention this week to make me question my faith walk. I heard a podcast and the speaker mentioned babies. He suggested  that babies walk before they talk. That got me to wonder if I am indeed walking (first) what I am talking. Is my life a reflection of Christ? Then also a devotional with a scripture came up on my phone to make me consider the same:

James 2:14-26New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead

So I wonder about the little finch that came to our window trying to connect with its reflection. And when I look into the mirror of my own life, can I honestly see God’s reflection?   I ‘ve come to the conclusion that I better get busy.

 

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