Early morning in a hotel room. Can’t turn on the lamps, don’t want to wake Julie, so I switch on the bathroom light and crack the door. Don’t require much extra light…even though it’s around four in the morning…there’s a glow coming in from the window. When your room overlooks DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) airport, dark is a relative term. Runway lights, street lights, other hotel lights…lots of lights. Plopping down in a chair to watch the planes, several minutes pass, still waiting…and waiting. Nothing taking off, nothing landing. Could it be that quiet? Then I notice the slight reflection of my extra light on the window, so I draw the curtain, the reflection disappears. Suddenly, in the distance, I see two sets of blinking red…two planes I hadn’t seen because of the reflection. Then my mind starts spinning…
Blinded by a narrow sliver of light, a faint reflection on the window. It didn’t take much to keep my eyes from seeing what was there. I experimented with the curtain, a plane flew closer…I could see it through the reflection. Sort of like my walk with Christ.
How often it is that little things “block” my focus? Times when I stepped away from Him, from His church come to mind…easier to not see Him at all when I keep a distance, when I’m not investing, not trying to get to know Him. When I sever myself from the body I’m supposed to be connected with. Times I went hiding from the brighter light…wanting the vague reflection of the world to be my view. There have been times I’ve grappled with both…distracted by the reflections and pulling away. I thank God that He loves us prodigals. I still get distracted – but I’m working on it, I pray I never again get pulled away.
I know a few of you out there have the same struggles…we’re all prodigals. We all get distracted. My prayer is you’re no longer a prodigal, that you’ve realized dining with pigs isn’t a whole lot of fun. I pray also you aren’t distracted – that you’ve pulled the curtain to block out whatever blinds you from seeing Him in your life. I pray you are abiding in Him in such a way that when you get distracted, He shines through the world’s reflection.
Our walk with Christ isn’t easy, simple, but not easy. Reflections pop-up and create blind-spots. We need to be diligent in prayer, renewing our minds, abiding in Him…so we can see the reflections for what they are – attempts by the world to take our eyes, our focus, our devotion, away from Him.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV]
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
[2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV]