I was tempted to just leave you with the photograph! It was taken a couple of years ago in a local nature reserve. Like any photograph, it captures a moment in time; I wish was able to replay what I was thinking while I composed the shot. I can guess, but to be honest I’d probably miss the mark.

But here we are, looking together at the captured scene. What strikes me is the reflection of the sky on the mirrored water. In a sense not real, but offering another dimension, another element to make us observe and think more widely.

Reality…what does it mean? How would you define it? Sorry for getting all philosophical! We can recognise the trees and the water, these are easily observed, and are physical ‘real’ to our senses. But the reflection…is that real in the same way?

Enough! I think what I’m trying to say is that all is not what it seems, quite often. We like to think that all is explainable and fits into some kind of ‘box’. That is the problem when we think about, reflect upon, God and faith. To be frank we’re a bit in the dark…read these words of the Apostle Paul as he tries to put a context to our relationship with the Creator; ‘For now I see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.’ (1 Corinthians 13;12) Your interpretation of these words is unique to you…thankfully!

Paul challenges us to look at reality, which for him is a reflection of something greater, deeper, wider and more suprising than he, or we, can imagine.

I’ll leave this musing at this point, because I’m not ceratin whether I’ve reflected my thinking very clearly. I hope you are challenged to carry out your own reflective moment, from the uniquness of your own experience and life.

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