This week’s post is Upheld in Reflected Glory by Linda Jo Reed. This marvelous entry took third place in The 45th Parallel Contest 2015.
Oh, glorious January day! Who would have thought it would be sunny in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of winter? My friend and I visited Pend Oreille Lake in Sandpoint, Idaho and walked some of the paths.
Ice rimmed the water along parts of the shoreline and we did some skidding along the trails in the snow, but on such a beautiful clear day, a little slip ‘n slide just didn’t matter.
As we rounded the corner to see this view, my thoughts came quickly. The water is rarely so still at this lake. It is a huge body of water—it’s been used for Navy training and depth sounding. To see it so quiet made me think about the hidden depths below the stunning reflection we saw this day.
God made us to be reflections of Him. He’s given us depths and an attractive surface. Sometimes our faces really do reflect the beauty, grace, and peace of God’s Spirit within us. Those are the moments when the depths of our souls are peaceful, too.
On other occasions we are not so good at reflection, and our faces show the storms in the low places of our hearts.
In what we learn through deep waters comes the reflected glory of God seen on our surfaces.
How good it is to know that whether we are stormy or reflect His beauty, God’s grace for us is never failing and always active. How blessed we are!
Linda Jo Reed is a writer with a mission: to glorify God and encourage His people. Her message is that life’s battles belong to God and He will see us through them when we stand firm. His promise comes through Isaiah 41:10: don’t fear; He holds us in His Hand. Upheld In the Battle is Linda Jo’s first book in which she illustrates these very things. Other works of hers have been published in analogies and blogs. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is grandmother to nine boys.