Imagine my delightful surprise when I drove down the hill to find James in exactly the same spot I found him yesterday in the wheelchair I got him. With no cars on the road, I stopped and unrolled my window as James said he was more hopeful today as surgery was scheduled. His eyes were clearer today, like maybe he had less to drink last night and he was looking up instead of looking down. I told him I was praying for him as I truly was just minutes before.
As I made my way to the beach for an early morning walk when my cozy beach town sleeps and the footprints have been wiped clean from the morning tide, I reflected on the changes in James. Clearly, he had other Good Samaritans come alongside him and help him get surgery scheduled. Maybe a friend from AA, who invited him back.
As I blazed new trails in the canvas of smooth sand, I noticed the gray ocean that was simply reflecting the gray sky. When the sky is blue, the ocean is blue. We reflect who we spend time with. If we spend time with people who complain and are negative, we become unpleasant people to be around. On the other hand, when we spend time with kind people who use their words and actions to build people up and encourage, it spurs us on to become kind people.
The best reflection we can shine, is reflecting the glory of God. When we spend time in a relationship with God who made us and loves us, we start reflecting God’s glory to our hurting and broken world. Proverbs 27:19 says, “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” Think deeply about that.
Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” And all this before my first cup of coffee.