While we were walking at the park on Wednesday, I was watching the rippling surface of the lake as spinning leaves fluttered down out of the trees and drifted across its surface. If Brooklyn wouldn't have protested, I'd have happily sat down on a convenient bench to watch and ponder for awhile, because it was very conducive to contemplation. Reflection.
But as the sun was setting on our last leg of the trail before we got back to my car, the wind stopped abruptly and the water stilled. I couldn't resist halting our forward progress (and half-climbing down a rocky bank while Brooklyn observed from the wagon - because I'm a horrible example sometimes) in order to take a picture of the striking mirror that lay calmly under the pier. Reflection.
I love words that have more than one meaning - and one thing that strikes me about the multiple uses of reflect is a commonality: both require stillness. The details of the landscape were lost while the water was agitated by the evening breeze, and any degree of introspection requires (at least for me) a calm atmosphere and a quiet mind.
This season has lots of times set aside for reflection (especially in my daily Advent readings), but I'd also like to stop my rushing about long enough to reflect the love and grace of God-with-us onto any who need it, and back at Him as an act of praise to the only One who will keep my little world spinning even when I stand still.
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