“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT

We strolled along the boardwalk, silvered by years of nature’s tears. The boards creaked beneath our feet. We stepped in rhythm to the ducks’ songs of praise and their quacks of laughter. Shadows and sunlight danced a friendly do-si-do, beckoning us to join in the fun.

The boardwalk stretched timelessly over the wetlands, winding alongside a quiet stream feeding Lake Hickory. The surrounding trees were ablaze with crimson, lemon yellow, and bright orange. We rounded a curve and there, out beyond the veil of shadows, the pristine waters reflected the dazzling colors of the trees. The image took our breath away. The reflection in the sunlight was pure, unadulterated, without agenda or self-righteousness. The reflection merely captured the glory of the beauty high above the stream.

Out beyond the veil of shadows…

I think there is a lesson here. Where there were shadows tumbling over the water, there could be no reflection. Only in the sunlight could the glorious color be reflected.

Do we have shadows in our hearts? Unforgiveness? Anger? Insecurity (that would be me), idols such as alcohol, money, food (that would be me), TV, relationships…These “shadows” hide and compromise the Light of Christ in us. Where there is shadow there can be no reflection of God’s glory. Where there is shadow, our transformation is hindered. God calls us to be transformed into the image of Christ – to behold and reflect His glory to the world around us.

Oh, beloved, can you see Him? Can you hear Him calling you out of the shadows into His marvelous Light? Praise His Name! Praise the One who calls us to reflect His glory, the One who wants to penetrate the shadows of our hearts and make us whole – make us like Him, resplendent with glorious beauty.

Won’t you answer His call today? Won’t you accept His love, take His hand and step into the Light? He is waiting dear one…He is waiting for you.

Father, How can we express our love and gratitude to You? We want to reflect Your glory, but sometimes we want to hide in the shadows too. Help us, Lord. Help us to take Your hand and step into the Light – the Light that reveals the hidden places of our heart. Make us whole, Lord. Make us whole for Your glory.
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