Monthly Archives: April 2015

Reflection God’s Creation

My fear of heights was the last thing on my mind as I stepped from the car and hurried down the path toward Two Medicine Lake. My husband and I got up early to catch the morning light on the least visited area of Glacier National Park. I had enjoyed every day of our vacation with the splendor of the fall colors beneath snow-capped mountains. I was not disappointed in the lack of fellow visitors or the unusual warm weather this late in the season.

The morning was cool but clear as I made my way from the dirt path onto the rocky beach. Suddenly, my heart skipped a beat. I was starring down into a deep canyon with yellow-laden trees and green bushes. I jumped back in alarm. Where is the lake? I wondered as I gazed over the scenery for signs of water.

The fear of falling pulled my eyes and feet away from the view before me. As I looked down, I noticed rocks beneath a glassy sheet of water. The lake began only a few feet away. Looking again into the cavern below, I realized I was looking at the reflection of the mountain on the other side of the lake.

The view changed before my eyes like those trick pictures of two faces hidden in one. I saw the reflection, then turning my head there was the canyon. The reflection was so perfect the water vanished and the scene became one continual image. I sat on a nearby boulder to calm my flip-flopping stomach and thought of how we are to be a reflection of our Creator. Does His will for my life appear so clear that mine is one with it?

Later, the Park Ranger told us that this was an extremely rare day. The air must be very still for such a clean reflection and the breeze from the mountains usually ruffles the water. Like the calm waters, The Lord says we must be “still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV) Oh, how the chaos in our lives interrupts that stillness so that God is only roughly seen. We are created in His image. When we find time away from the winds of busyness to allow that reflection cover us, we have no reason to fear heights or anything else.

What ruffles your calm waters and blurs God reflection in your life?

He is Risen!

He is Risen indeed!
Last week, we celebrated Christ’s resurrection with traditional feasts, gatherings and worship. Easter is a time when we are reminded of the abuse, cruelty and pain that Jesus suffered so we may have eternal life. “He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9 NIV)

Our faith not only gives us the reward of eternity with Him, it can give us a richer, fuller life while we live on this earth. Jesus said when He left that another would come so we were not alone. Accepting Jesus into your heart and the Holy Spirit into your life gives you the keys to a peace and joy unknown to this world.

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV) He didn’t die for you so that you could mope about what you don’t have. Neither did He come for you to bask in luxury and comfort. His gift is life filled to the brim with faith, hope and love. (I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 NIV) Easter is a time to reflect on what that gift cost. Not only did Jesus arise, He provided you a way to rise above the darkness in this world. Fall at His feet that He may lift you up to an abundant life.

What have you done this Easter and lent season to truly thank God for a gift you didn’t deserve?