It’s possible for God's glory to be reflected in the lives of imperfect, sinful, "muddy" people.
Now we see but a poor reflection; then we shall see face to face. . .And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
While much of the Midwest experienced record-breaking drought over the summer, the South was inundated with rain! Storms accompanied by crashing thunder, flashing lightning, dancing hail, and torrential rain were the norm. The morning after a night of storm after storm, I awoke to a beautiful day and decided to take a walk before another line of storms came marching through.
As I walked, my eye was caught by the sight of a beautiful Rose of Sharon bush. With pink blooms that looked softly fresh, it was growing in flood waters that were half-way up its height. What caused me to look twice, and then capture the image with my cell phone, was the fact that the exquisite blooms were reflected clearly in the muddy water, making the bush even more beautiful.
And then I seemed to hear Him whisper softly to my heart, “Anne, it’s possible for My glory to be reflected in the lives of imperfect, sinful, ‘muddy’ people like yourself. In fact, My glory is enhanced by the reflection of it in your life.” I finished the walk on my knees, in praise and worship of a God who chooses to glorify Himself in the lives of sinners, like me, who are:
saved by His grace,
bought with His blood,
indwelt by His Spirit,
bound for His Home,
while being transformed into His likeness!