Ooh, Look, a Rainbow!

The window in our front door has a beveled design in the glass. DD gets very excited each day when the sun shines through the glass, which acts as a prism and makes rainbows on the living room walls. It occurred to me the other day, that I have a lot in common with a prism–at least, I could.

Every color of the rainbow is in the sunlight all the time. But we only get to see them when they shine through something that acts as a prism–a beveled glass, drops of moisture in the air, even a clear plastic cup works, so long as it’s clean. In the same way, God is at work all the time, yet He chooses to show off His “colors” through the hearts and lives of the people He created. But, just like a prism, nobody gets a good image of God revealed in us when we let our hearts get dusty and dingy or we move out of the Light.

God is Light and in him is no darkness at all. So if we say we are His friends but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin. (I John 1:5b-7, TLB)


It’s so easy to get focused on me and forget that I was made to shine Your Light. I want to be noticed. I want to be recognized and lauded and talked about because I’m so wonderful. And yet, as lovely as a prism may be, what makes it positively spectacular is the light shining through, refracted into a rainbow. I simply don’t have the capacity to inspire wonder on the level You do.

Thank You for creating me and shaping me and shining in me. Help me to recognize the beauty of Your Light in my life. Let me be available and transparent enough for You to create a magnificent rainbow through me. Thank You for the privilege of showing Your Light to the world.


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