I often rave about the view from our deck at home. Sunsets, no matter where you are in the world, are majestic and glorious. But there’s something extra special about watching the sun at dusk, reflecting on the lake, then slowly melting into the shadowed mountains. It’s like a pause at the end of the day—a time when I can be still, watch, and think.
Two nights ago the sunset was especially spectacular. The sky was on fire with various hues of orange and gold—and even better was the reflection it cast on the lake—it was as if the sun was casting a path as a reminder to stop and look; that there is beauty all around if we just take the time to focus on the landscape before us. I tried to capture on my camera a moment that imprinted beauty in my life, but the lens didn’t come close to my “live” view. It was a classic, “you gotta see it to believe it” moment.
Then my quiet time the following morning seemed to speak deeper into the beauty of the night before:
“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”—Proverbs 27:19
Those words resonated with me. The reflection that the sun provided the evening before was amazing, a visual reminder of the beauty God creates for us each day. And as much as I truly want my life to be a beautiful reflection of Christ every day, I have many moments where I miss the mark. It is in those times of ambiguity that I have to remember the beauty of grace. It is the wonder found in whose I am and the promise that despite my shortcomings and failures, I am still loved and treasured by my Creator.
There are days when my reflection is clouded with stress, frustration, or anger; you know, the “live” version that even an overcast day can’t hide. Those are the times when my life may not completely reflect what it should. But even in my imperfections, how I respond and the attitude I chose can reflect a light on the horizon. Even in my weakness, I can reflect that my strength is in Christ. Even when life gets messy, I can reflect that there is beauty and hope in Jesus.
My heart belongs to the creator of those amazing sunsets—and my life is a continuous work in progress; but I strive to have it reflect as much beauty as a sunset. In the words of Bob Goff, “Every act of extravagant love answers the only question everyone really has about your faith,”—may my heart reflect that extravagant love—as beautiful and glorious as the sunsets.–CK