We are on day 473 of having way to many snow days and way tomany days without sunshine. If you livein the Midwest right now you probably know exactly what I am talkingabout. The days are short, the sun islimited, and yes I am exaggerating. Imay be exaggerating on the actual number of days but the limited amount of sungets to a person.
Up here in the frozen tundra of MN we do have the advantagethat after a snowfall when the sun does shine it is BRIGHT. Even on an overcast day you need a pair ofsunglasses to ward off any sun induced headaches. It isn’t so bright because the amount of sunhas increased. It’s so bright because ofall the light that is reflecting off the gleaming white snow. The snow is not the source of the light butit is reflecting and increasing the amount of light there is.
Our bibles tell us that Jesus is the light of the world. When Moses was on the mountain for 40 daysand 40 nights with God his face became radiant. Moses became radiant just by being in the presence of God.
“he wasn’t aware that this face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.” Exodus 34:29
My favorite part of this is that Moses was not even awarethat his face had become radiant. It’snothing Moses could work for. It is notsomething Moses could achieve by having a regimented facial routine. Moses became radiant because of the time hehad spent with God.
We may not spend 40 days and 40 nights on a mountain with Godbut we can be in his presence. If youspend 40 days and 40 nights on a mountain the only type of glow you are going toget is probably going to be either a sun or wind burn.
We can spend time in his presence when we read the Word. When we spend time in the Word the light isshinning on our paths and in our lives.
Spending time in the word can allow us to reflect The Light. We can be like the snow and reflect the light. We are not the source of light. We may be fleeting like the snow and melt in the spring. While we are here we get to reflect the light that always has been and always will be. The light that shines in the darkness because the darkness will never overcome it. We can be a bright spot in someone’s life because we reflect the light of the world, Jesus, into the lives of those around us.
The light we have is not something we have to produce. The light we have is a reflection of the lightof the world, Jesus. Just as Moses didnot know his face had become radiant we may not see any change either. The people around him certainly did.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, thatthey may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
How has the light of Jesus bounced off the people around youand into your life?