Sunlight and Sonlight
Rjukan is a small town in Norway. Because it is deep in the valley and surrounded by high mountains, this town is normally shrouded in shadow for almost six months of the year, from September to March. For the sun does not shine in the valley during these months. To enjoy even a moment of light and warmth of the sun, the people have to catch a cable car to the top of a nearby mountain.
In October 2013, a phenomenal change took place in the Norwegian town. The residents finally saw and felt the sunlight! Engineers have built three giant mirrors on a mountain that reflect sunlight into the market square of the town. For the first time, the people are able to get to the nearby market square to bask in the sunlight, without having to travel up the mountain.
I can imagine the residents must be thrilled and overjoyed. One resident comments, “This is so warming. Not just physically, but mentally. It’s mentally warming.” And another describes the moment as “awesome, just awesome”.
What a brilliant idea! Using mirrors to reflect the sunlight to where it normally cannot reach. With this, the people are able to enjoy what they were deprived of in the past. But when Martin Andersen first came up with the idea of the sun mirrors, he faced intense skepticism and opposition with most people questioning about the exorbitant cost involved. But after the sun mirrors have been built and served their purpose, most of these people who initially campaigned against it, were won over. One of them who was deeply skeptical at the start, upon experiencing the outcome the sun mirrors brought, said, “This is the light I long for.”
You know something, I think we are meant to live our life like that sun mirror. The mirror is able to reflect sunlight because it faces the sun. The mirror takes in what it is facing, and reflects that which it has taken in. You and I ought to be living our lives, looking to and facing the Son, the Son of God, Jesus. We draw from and live by His love, power, strength and His Word. Then we will be reflecting His light and glory into the world we are in.
As believers and disciples of Christ, we no longer have a veil separating us from our Heavenly Father. We have, by the blood of Jesus, received redemption and have a relationship with our Father. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV), “…we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. Did you catch that? When we look to the glory of God – the fullness of His goodness and majesty – what we increasingly have and reflect is Christlikeness. We become the representation of Jesus’ love, mercy, compassion and faithfulness in the world we live in. Like the sun mirrors that reflect sunlight into the Norwegian town, we are the mirrors that reflect into our world Sonlight – the light of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Then, as the people around us experience the Sonlight, they are going to say, “This is so warming. It’s spiritually warming.” They who experience the light and glory of Jesus through us, are going to exclaim, “Awesome. Just awesome!” Even those who might have opposed the Gospel before, when they see our transformation in Christ Jesus, are going to say, “This is the light I long for.”
The sun mirrors in the Norwegian town are built on the mountain to face the sun, catch the sunlight so that they inevitably must reflect the sunlight. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14 & 15 (NKJV), “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
Remove today the basket that you have put over your light. Maybe it is your work commitment, family matters, financial and relationship challenges or other pursuits. Put your light up on a lampstand. Put glorifying God and bringing God’s glory to the world top of your priority list. There are people in your workplace, family, school, neighborhood and community who need the light.
Jesus instructs us in Matthew 5:16 (NKJV), “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify Your Father in heaven.”
Let us be the Son mirror. Reflect the Son’s glory into the world. Let the glory of Jesus Christ shine forth from our lives to bring His salvation to the world living in darkness and shadow.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that with You in my life, I am no longer trapped in darkness and shadow. I thank You that as long as I look to You and Your Word, You always give me strength to walk out of the darkness of my bad habits and attitudes. Father, help me to daily live a life of holiness so that I reflect Who You are and Your glory and light to the world. I live my life to bring Your Name and fame to the people around me by always sharing the Gospel and talking about Your goodness in my life. May my life be a beautiful mirror that always reflects the glory of the Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”