“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
The bright red light caught my attention as I drove along, my mind racing through the errands I was attempting to accomplish. I quickly glanced over to see what it was—I did not recall that there was a red light in that area of my truck. I discovered that it was not an actual light bulb, but a reflection. So my eyes darted around the cab in between glances at the road. Soon I found the source: a shiny red gift bag was reflecting light onto the wall! The reflection was so bright, however, that all throughout my drive, my eyes were drawn constantly in that direction.
As I drove on, I thought about Jesus, the Light of the world. How I would love for my life to reflect Him so much that people cannot help but notice! I want His love to shine through me so brightly that it draws attention—not to me, but to the Light I am reflecting.
I have known, and still know, people who reflect God’s love brightly. In the times when I have felt discouraged or gone through difficult times, I have been thankful for that reflection. The love these people have shown me always reminds me just how much Jesus loves me. What an encouragement that is!
As much as we may want others to experience God’s love the way we have, it is not always easy to reach out to them and show them love. There is always a risk of rejection, a risk of looking or feeling foolish. Yet, when we reflect the light of God’s love, we have His security behind us. Whether or not we are rejected by those we try to reach, He will always be there, and will never reject us as long as we keep our hands in His.