Reflect – Author’s Reflection

Calm water, clear glass, clean mirrors — these three are great reflectors of images. These are also all very fragile. Christians often find solace in Psalm 46:10 where God tells His people to “Be still and know that I am God.” We often forget how the verse ends, though: “I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” The first half – the “be still” part – reminds us to be great reflectors upon God. The second half – the “I will be exalted” part – reminds us that He is awesome and we are fragile.  

We are to be reflectors upon God,

and as His image bearers, we are to be reflectors of God (Genesis 1:27).

Water, glass, mirrors – these reflect. These are fragile. Diamonds reflect too, though. And diamonds are far from fragile. Diamonds are strong. I was taught that the only naturally occurring substance that can cut a diamond is another diamond.

So, as reflectors, we are both fragile and strong. We can both cut and be cut. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverb 27:17). Carefully, though… Please sharpen carefully!

Author-blogger, Dick Staub writes: “To be fully human is to fully reflect God’s creative, spiritual, intelligent, communicative, relational, moral, and purposeful capacities.”  This is what it means to be created in God’s image.


Calm water
Clear glass
Clean mirror

Image bearing
Truth telling
Self revealing

Strong diamond
Light facing
Bright appearing

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant


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