Sunday as I was sitting in church waiting for communion to be served, I saw three small stained glass windows on the front left wall of our sanctuary. I had never noticed them before, and they were beautiful. Shimmering and full of color, the windows seemed to be suspended in a place that did not make sense to me.
As I admired their beauty, I realized that the windows weren’t real.
They were actually small reflections of the large stained glass windows that surround the balcony of our sanctuary. The plastic covering over the church’s thermostat had caught the light just right and was causing the windows high above to be seen down below.
Watching this phenomena, I couldn’t help but think of Christians and how the devil likes to make us feel as if we are about as useful as a thermostat cover.
He does everything he can to keep us from catching God’s Light just right and reflecting His beauty from above down below.
I love those moments in my life when I am able to rise above the devil’s whispers and be the person God longs for me to be.
Some days, though, I miss these moments of Light catching.
I get caught up in surviving the lesson plans, the overly talkative students, the stacks of papers that need graded, the laundry that needs to be done, the house that needs to be cleaned…..and I find myself feeling like a thermostat cover. Doing my job in a world full of others doing their jobs. I’m not a happy person when I focus on this “stuff.” I become restless, agitated, disappointed in my calling. Life does not make sense. I long for more. I want to be a stained glass window reflector and somehow the devil convinces me that I am not.
So, today, as I take a deep breath and begin the morning routine of getting ready for yet another day of school, I’m whispering prayer after prayer to God. I’m asking Him to fill my day with His glory so that I can reflect Him to the world. I know that’s why I’m here.
It’s why you’re here too.
Today, let’s all catch His Light and reflect it to a world that needs to see more stained glass windows and less thermostat covers.
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
Praying your life reflects His today,