Reflections

  • February 17, 2012
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“And we who … reflect the Lord’s glory are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

I’ve always been fascinated with little toy kaleidoscopes.  When I see one, there’s just something about them that begs me to hold it in my hand, up to the light, and stare.  I turn it round and round and round, somehow never getting bored of the endless patterns of color bursting through.  The thing about kaleidoscopes, however, is that they work best in pure light.  They aren’t any good at all in a dimly lit room or, worse, in darkness.

The Bible doesn’t talk about kaleidoscopes, but it does have plenty to say about what our lives are reflecting.  We reflect what we represent and “It takes transformed people to transform the world.”  While Jesus was a perfect MIRROR IMAGE of His glorious Father, he most closely identified with those who were poor, weak, vulnerable, lonely and unloved.  (The Hole in Our Gospel)

Jesus represented the least of these, yet He was (and is) the Radiance of God, the Light of the World.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was RICH, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9)

Go back with me for a moment to the kaleidoscope.  Inside of this little (or big) tube are hundreds, maybe thousands, of tiny broken pieces of colorful beads and glass.  When tumbled around together, they produce a perfectly symmetrical design, FULL of ever-increasing color.

We, the Body of Christ, are like (what I call) human kaleidoscopes. We all have broken pieces within us.  Those of us who have received Jesus have been mended and are now like mirrors…we reflect HIM, the Light of the World, our Redeemer, Savior, and a Father to the fatherless.  And, still, there are countless among us who are poor, hurting and broken.  Every 18 seconds, another child becomes an orphan.  Just tonight, 5,760 children will go to bed without a mama or a daddy to tuck them in with a goodnight prayer and an “I Love You to the moon and back”.  These are some of the most precious ones that make up the colorful broken pieces of this human kaleidoscope.

As hard and uncomfortable as that is to acknowledge,

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O’Connor)

We are CALLED to be doers, not hearers only.  And God’s Word says we have all been created in His IMAGE.  Therefore, “since people are made in the image and likeness of God, they possess dignity, value, and worth.  He … came personally to the aid of His people. (So) we should come to the aid of orphans in order to REFLECT,  “THIS IS WHAT GOD IS LIKE!”   (Tony Merida, Orphanology)

 

Shaken together and held up to PUREST Light,
we are BEAUTIFUL

Religion that is PURE and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit (care for) orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.  (James 1:27)

Take a few minutes to listen and watch this beautiful song/video by Avalon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y9OGli2qGs&feature=related

How will God use YOU to REFLECT His heart for the least of these?  www.knowmoreorphans.org

Because of His Great Love,

Jodie