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A Tiny Puddle

Since we know that this new glory will never go away, we can preach with great boldness, and not as Moses did, who put a veil over his face so that the Israelis could not see the glory fade away.

Not only Moses' face was veiled, but his people's minds and understanding were veiled and blinded too. Even now when the Scripture is read it seems as through Jewish hearts and minds are covered by a thick veil, because they cannot see and understand the real meaning of the Scriptures. For this veil of misunderstanding can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses' writings their hearts are blind and they think that obeying the Ten Commandments is the way to be saved.

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord from his sins, then the veil is taken away. The Lord is the Spirit who gives them life, and where he is there is freedom (from trying to be saved by keeping the laws of God). But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him. 2 Corinthians 3: 12-18 (TLB)

Hisako Adachi is from Kanagawa, Japan. On her way to work this morning, she looked up at the sky. The rain during the night had stopped, and she could see blue sky between the parting clouds. The edges of the clouds were shining in the morning sun. Hisako was moved by the great beauty of nature that God has created, and she slowed down to gaze at the sky.

Then she noticed a small puddle on the ground. It was surrounded by pebbles and mud. However, a portion of the beautiful sky above was reflected in the surface of the puddle. Then she thought, The beautiful sky is like God, and we humans are like the puddle!

In contrast to the huge sky, the puddle was tiny. Yet its tranquil surface reflected and showed Hisako the beauty of the sky. What about Hisako? Was her heart tranquil and peaceful? Not always. Her heart is troubled from time to time.

On Sundays, Hisako goes to church and feels peaceful. But when she is back in everyday life, she sometimes finds herself getting irritated. She wants to be like the puddle - tiny but peaceful, reflecting God's love and sharing it with others.

What about you and me - are we a reflection of God's love to those around us?

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for offering your great love to us. Calm our souls, and use us to reflect your love, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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