This original picture was taken in Bavaria, Germany. We have never been there. I duplicated this with my camera from the cover of a Big Ben 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle box.
After separating some pieces of the puzzle, I thought of the many reflections of nature. Then I realized later, as I was praying for the transition of one year to the next, that where there is light and a means of receiving, there will be a reflection of that which is higher, brighter, greater, more powerful and beautiful.
God, our Father has created all things, and the most important of His creation is that which He created in His own image. Since the Fall that image has been marred—just as a reflection that we see from the sky to the lake is not clear. But, He has planned, through the giving of His Son, to restore that image for eternity—when all shall be a new heavens and a new earth; and we shall be like Him.
No True Images of Christ in a Picture
Just as I have no true knowledge of Germany, never having been there, there is no true knowledge of Jesus Christ, except as the Father brings (draws – John 6:44-45) us to Him. No one can paint or draw an image of Christ that will reflect His image in us. He has to first give us a new heart (Ezekiel 36:16) through which we see Him. He must draw His own image; only by the power of His Holy Spirit applying His Holy Word to our spirits, hearts, and minds can we be humbled and still, so as to receive His image in us. And unlike water that only reflects an image, Christ’s image is in us. The external only reflects what is internally and eternally ours.
My prayer for a new year is that we, as His redeemed children shall know our lowliness and His highest, His power working in us as new creatures in Christ; for a new outpouring of His Spirit; that we may know His light in us, the receiving and reflecting of the nature and disposition of Christ, yet, somewhat still blurred.
My desire is to desire what He desires; and to be transparent—just as in the picture I do not remember the lake—only the reflection in it.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness,
who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
2 Corinthians 4:6,7
“Beloved, now we are children of God;
and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,
but we know that when He is revealed,
we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.“
1 John 3:2,3
“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”
“The LORD bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you: The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace” ~~~ “Christ in you,” this year.