A Reflection on Reflection
We expect instant gratification. Fast food, TiVo, self-check outs. We are addicted to getting things how we want when we want. We have no time for waiting, for anything. It’s easy to forget we have access to a spiritual discipline that flies in the face of our now, now, now culture – REFLECTION. Reflection can do amazing things for us, if we will commit to it and work it into our lives. A lack of reflection could actually rob us of growth that we would experience if we did reflect.
Our definition of reflection: Intentional deep review of experience or lessons leading to the worship of God and impartation of learning to others.God Himself models reflection to us. After each day of creation God looked at what He had made that day and reflected on it. For 5 out of the 6 days, God said everything was good, but on the 6th, He looked at everything working together, with all of its moving parts and said it was very good. After each day God reflected on that day individually and at the end of His work He looked at it collectively. God the Father is modeling the importance of reflection. He is infinite. He never forgets but He chooses to reflect.
When we reflect, we are inviting God to speak to us.
What a waste to learn a difficult lesson and be quick to forget it. Do you really want to walk down a path in which you must learn an important lesson all over again? Of course we don’t want to do that, but we make the choice to all the time. Consider your stewardship of that learning that God in His grace provided for you. Failure to remember flows into inability to impart the learning to those around us. When we are selfish with God’s provision in our life and refuse to build up the church as we are built up, we miss out on the most satisfying reward to our trials.