Autumn Photos

We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; Romans 6:4-5 (ASV)

I went to the park to indulge in my hobby of photography. Although a chilly fall day, the sun beamed in a cloudless sky and the trees had donned their autumn colors.

At the lake while shooting pictures of the vibrant hillside, I observed the water. In the shallows, the slight breeze rippled the water yet the deeper water remained smooth. Where the water rippled, the reflection from the hillside blurred. In the smooth water, the same reflection stayed a near perfect image of the hillside. This contrast made for interesting photos. But it also taught a spiritual lesson.

That lake represents a Christian’s walk. Initially, we resemble the shallow waters. A slight breeze causes our spirit to ripple and we fail to reflect our Savior. As our faith deepens, just like the deeper waters, our reflection of Jesus becomes ever closer to perfection. Sometimes a storm comes along and the winds blow so hard the entire lake ripples and the reflection is lost altogether. Yet, after the storm passes and the lake returns to normal, those with a deep faith once again reflect the vibrant image of Christ, perhaps just a little bit clearer.

Father, deepen my faith so I can better reflect Jesus so others can see Him.

By John (Ohio)