Recently, while raking leaves in my front yard on a very cool day, I felt a sudden burst of warmth. When I took a step from where I was, the warmth disappeared. When I stepped back to the same spot, I felt warm again. It was an experience similar to feeling a warm spot while swimming in a lake or pool, but I didn't know why it was happening in my yard. I scanned my surroundings and found the source. The sun was reflecting off of one of our second floor windows and the beam was focused on the spot at which I was standing! As I enjoyed the warm feeling and was glad to find the source of the "mystery warmth", I found my thoughts directed to a spiritual truth much more profound.
In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul discusses the ministry of Moses, the leader who represented Israel before God. When Moses would return from the tent in which he encountered God, he would cover his face because of the glory which emanated from it; a reflection of God's glory. Paul applies this to our own encounter with God because of our relationship with Jesus, and the glory which emanates from us because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Paul writes, "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 2:18.
What does this have to do with the warm spot in my yard? Just as the window reflects and magnifies the sun to produce the warmth I experienced, so our lives reflect the glory of God's Son to the world around us. He uses us as channels of His love and grace to others. We are not the Son, but may people experience the warmth of the Son magnified through our lives!
May we all reflect the Son during this Christmas season.