This morning on my way to work, I turned a corner and was immediately struck by the incredible beauty of the moon, huge and low on the horizon, glowing a deep orange in the indigo sky, absolutely breathtaking against the winter landscape. Excited and wanting to capture its beauty so I could share it with my friends, I made a detour and drove up a hill to get a better vantage point. Jumping out of my car on the side of the deserted road, I quickly snapped off several pictures with my phone camera. For just a few moments, I marveled at the stunning majesty, silently taking it all in, filling my soul with the peace and contentment that quiet moments with nature bring.
But when I looked at the pictures I had shot, I was disappointed. The brilliant orange ball in the dark blue sky over the twinkling lights of the city didn’t show up at all. All that showed was a white ball of light in a light blue sky with a few old buildings and dirty snow. I looked between the pictures and the real scene, shocked at how different they were. There was just no way I was going to be able to capture the beauty and depth of the moment. Seeing it with my own eyes couldn’t compare to the recreated image. No one would ever look at those pictures and feel the same amazement I did when I saw it with my own eyes.
As I drove away, it struck me that my relationship with God is the same way. I know Him. I interact with Him. He speaks to me in many different ways. He answers my specific prayers, calms my anxieties, comforts me in my grief, pushes me into intimidating situations to make me stronger, and restores me when I am emotionally depleted.
I talk about Him to everyone I meet, and they smile and nod and then go on with their lives. Hearing me talk about Jesus will never have the same effect as seeing Him with their own spiritual eyes and experiencing His beauty face to face.
Then I remembered that the moon has no light of its own. It only reflects the sun’s light. And suddenly I knew that the best way to show Jesus to others is to reflect the light of the Son. It is not my duty to convince others to have a relationship with God, but it is my very great honour to reflect Him in the full view of everyone I meet.