Sometimes when we look into the future we see a light and think that’s the way we should go, but it turns out that it is just a reflection—not the true source. Sometimes that reflection can help guide us in the right direction but at other times it distracts us.
But how can we know the difference?
Without waxing philosophical, I think just watching for imperfections…something not quite right will help us to know.
1 Cor. 13:12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
After this post came to my heart, my husband and I went to a blown glass museum in Seattle. Check out this reflection. Pretty cool. It was on the back wall of the room.
It almost looks like art itself. Something done in black and white with the flow of grays and the contrasts. But as nice as it is, it is nothing compared to what is being reflected.
Are you ready?
Yep, that’s it. That explosion of color, shapes, and sizes. The reflection seems like a let down now, doesn’t it?
Like with this picture and the moon, a reflection is rarely complete, parts or all of the whole are missing.
But when it comes to following Jesus, He is fully man and fully God, not just a reflection. He guides us, showing us the way we should go. And if we take a wrong turn, or put our eyes on a false reflection, we will feel the nudge that we are heading in the wrong direction—something will be missing. It may just be a small imperfection, or it may be a large one. What we have to do is keep our eyes and ears open, and listen for God’s still small voice. It’s not always easy to hear, but if we listen, it’s always there, speaking truth–even when we can’t “see” it or understand it.
So are you following the real deal or chasing after a reflection?