Friday, May 16, 2014

To Be a "Son-Catcher"

This past weekend was one of mingled celebration: our daughter's birthday, our 13th wedding anniversary, and Mother's Day.  My heart felt full, alive, and spoiled rotten by the things that matter most in this life.

One does not need extravagant gifts to live a life of extravagance.

Last weekend my heart was dripping in this wild extravagance.  Gifted to me by all of my favorites in this world.   I unwrapped this weekend slowly, intentional not to miss the beauty of each gift given.  For love and grace do not come wrapped in a box with a pretty bow.  They are freely given, void of frills and fancy paper.  Opened and unravelled in one's heart, to enjoy from the inside out.

One of my favorite gifts was given to me by my four year old.  She made it in her preschool class and could hardly wait until Mother's Day to give it to me.

A sun-catcher.

Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines "SUN-CATCHER" as:

A window ornament especially of colored glass; a small, reflective glass that is hung indoors at windows to "catch the light" (to bring in and disperse the sun's rays on the walls of a room) from a nearby source.

And it's had me thinking that a life well-lived could be defined in similar ways.

Our lives are windows for others to see Christ shining through.  An opening for light to pierce through the dark places.  While not made of glass, our hearts and our lives have certainly felt broken and shattered at times.  But God takes this brokenness, molds it together into a mosaic, and creates purpose and beauty out of it.

"You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:14-16

There are moments I feel small and insignificant and wonder how I could really make a difference or an impact on this world, or even within my very household.  But God takes the "one small life" and can use it for His kingdom in big ways we may not be able to see or understand.  Just look at the life of Jesus.  He left heaven and came into this world in the smallest, most humble form.  And He has had the greatest impact on this world and eternity than any other person who has ever lived.  God, too, can take my one small life and use it for His good.

No life is too small or insignificant to make an impact for Christ.

A sun-catcher is also reflective.  We were made in the image of Christ (Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10), designed to reflect His image to the world around us.  A world who needs the hope that is found in Him alone.

"So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord."
2 Corinthians 3:18

Oh, to reflect this glory.

The purpose of a sun-catcher is to catch the light and disperse it on the walls of a room.  A life well-lived will catch and take in as much of Christ as she can, and she will disperse and share Him with those around her.  He will be reflected on the walls wherever she goes.

She will be the ultimate Son-catcher.
To the hungry, lost and broken.
A light in the darkness.

A sun-catcher is hung on a window indoors.  The life of a Son-catcher will be as open and transparent as a window.  Authenticity will frame and drape her life, making her approachable, relatable and able to bring in His light to share it with others.  This bringing in denotes purpose.  And effort and action on her part.  She will gather, hold, and extend grace daily.  Dependent on it to refresh and sustain her as needed.

"Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed...he who gathered much did not have too much , and he who gathered little did not have too little."
Exodus 16:18, 21

This extravagant grace.  It's there for the taking when she draws back the curtains of her heart and opens herself up to it.

In the life of a Son-catcher, God often starts indoors...with the heart, working from the inside out.  He's far more concerned about the state of her heart than the state of her circumstances.  He starts within.  And this is where her focus should be as well.  Who cares about the color of the drapes when the window of her heart is too dirty and clouded to see through?

"First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will also be clean."
Matthew 23:26

This Son-catcher, her life will be marked and there will be no separating her from His light...when she keeps Him near.  A sun-catcher catches light from a nearby source.  A Son-catcher is to do the same.  Jesus is her nearby source. She walks daily with Him.  Keeping in step with the Spirit to guide and equip her.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
James 4:8

She is best to draw near to Him daily, moment by moment.  For He is the source of all of her light.  And all of her hope.  Without Him, there is nothing worthy to reflect.

Yes, I want to be her.
A Son-catcher.
His Son-catcher.

Lord, only You could have known that a small gift crafted by my littlest could be wrapped in such extravagant meaning.  Purpose that reminds me of my purpose.  Thank You for this gift of unexpected blessing.  Take these broken pieces, this one small life, and shine extravagantly through me.

For You.
For Your Glory.
Make me a Son-catcher.
A wildly extravagant one.

1 comment:

  1. Sun catcher ... Son catcher. Clever. Could use of metaphor to communicate important truths. And to express the delight of your family. Nothing like family. We've had our just-graduated-from-college daughter home for the last few weeks. She leaves in just under two weeks for a year long internship up North. Such a delight having her here. Congratulations on the birthday and anniversary.