This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ as well. Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by. Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from the Lenten Devotional of 1982 - Friday, March 12 to be precise:
One noon while watching the birds at the birdfeeder during lunch, I noticed with sadness two dead birds on the ground just outside the slider; I was sure that they had met their fate by hitting against the slider window, mistaking the window's reflection of the woods as the real thing.
While thinking of the various ways we could shield the birds from this disaster, I realized a great lesson given to me through this happening.
Christ is reflected in people. But like the window reflecting the woods to the birds, His reflection in others is not for us to follow. It is not the real thing. He calls us to follow Him alone because He has a way that is special for each one of us. We will miss that special way and get injured if we try to follow what we see in others as His unique and only way for us.
His reflection in others is a gift to us. We can misuse that gift through self judgement as we "break our necks" trying to measure up to it. We can waste time wishing it were ours and in general destroy not only ourselves but the reflection as well. Or...we can simply enjoy and absorb the spontaneous overflow of blessings He gives to us through other people as a present from Heaven and accept it freely.
His reflection in others can be beautiful. It is often a guide and inspiration to us at just the right moment. But don't stop there. Go beyond it to Him where the treasure of you and for you is waiting.
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that were I am, there ye may be also.