Last Sunday evening God gave a picture of a pond and a stream, with the interpretation that someone felt they were in a pond where the water was still and stagnant and God was calling them to be in a flowing stream.
At the end of a day of farewells, for me the picture had a powerful resonance. While I’m not saying it’s been pond-like and still in The Junction (if only!), I am hugely aware of God calling me to new waters, and waters that feel exciting but also perhaps a little scary.
I love to see the sparkle on the surface of water as it reflects the sun. At one point on the beach earlier this summer, as I glanced up from my book, the sea appeared perfectly still and then, as a breeze picked up, disturbing the surface, a beautiful shimmering light appeared. A few chapters later in my book I looked up again, conscious that there was a slight chill in the air, and saw that the sea was now getting quite rough and waves were building. What a difference a slight increase in the wind had made. As the water became rougher so the light that if reflected became brighter and more mesmerising and, as I paused, I felt God was challenging me. How responsive to the wind of his spirit am I? How clearly am I reflecting his love to those around me?
Sometimes the term ‘bright and shiny’ is used to refer to Christians in a derogatory way, but the call on each one of us is to be so filled with God’s spirit that we are bright and shiny with him, in him and for him, reflecting his love for all those around us.
For many of us this time of year is characterised by change– starting at a new school, college, new job or new schedule – and the challenge to shine for Jesus can be tough. But for all of us, at all times, these verses remind us of where our strength and inspiration comes from and the calling on our lives.
Romans 15 v13 “May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”
2 Corinthians 3 v17-18 “The Lord is the Spirit who gives them life, and where he is there is freedom from trying to be saved by keeping the laws of God. But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.”
With much love,