Driving with my 4-year-old as a dark storm brewed above, my son asks me, “What are those flashlights on the road?” I respond, “reflectors.” As any innocent seeker of knowledge would respond, he asks, “Who turned them on?”
I began to explain to him that no one turned them on, that they are actually reflecting the light off of my headlights. Of course, he asked me WHY. (If you are a parent, you know that this conversation was FILLED with “whys.”) I explained to him that it was to help me see where to drive while it was dark.
The idea of reflection was very puzzling to him. So I began to find other examples of reflection in order to help him understand. With full credit to the Holy Spirit, here is the best example I gave him:
Our car’s headlights are like God. They are shining love and light into a dark world. We are like reflectors. We soak up God’s love and light, and then shine it out to others. When they see God’s love reflected through us, they are able to see God’s path better.
We aren’t the ones leading them…God is. We have an important job, though. We have a choice: we can receive God’s light and keep it all to ourselves, not letting any of it out. Or we can receive His love and then share it with those around us. God wants us to share it!
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
I have to be honest with you…lately, it’s been easier for me to receive God’s love and light than to share it. Sometimes it feels risky sharing God’s light, because people have a choice to ignore it or ridicule it or refuse it. As a Christian, it can feel like a personal rejection when someone rejects the love of God we are trying to reflect to them. It’s not an easy task…being a “reflector.”
This is where obedience comes in. That little reflector on the road isn’t responsible for making sure I, the driver, am looking at it. It’s simply responsible for reflecting light. That’s it. Our job is not to change people or save people. Our job is simply to reflect the light of God to all whom we encounter. God, in His infinite wisdom, will do the rest.
Are you reflecting God’s light to those around you?