This shot was definitely a spur of the moment, but at that one moment, there was no wind, the suns placement was perfect, the water was still, and my handy dandy point and shoot was patiently waiting in my pocket. After looking at this shot, I realized that there seems to be something about a reflection that is attractive to the human eye. Although this shot is a very simple shot and was in every sense relatively easy to capture, the presence of the clear reflection in the shot immediately captures the eyes attention. The question I then asked myself was, where and what does the natural eye focus on first when looking at for example this picture of a reflection. I found myself “reflecting” back to when I first recognized the presence of the mirrored image before I took the shot. I realized that my path of vision first started by refocusing on one tree within the reflection, and then immediately the reality and presence of the entire reflection on the pond came into view. My brain translated the image, defined the line of symmetry, and then put the words “wow thats sweet!!” into my mouth. Its kinda like when one zooms back out with his or her camera and it suddenly and automatically refocus on the broadened view. Of course with the brain, all of this happens in about 3 seconds, but yet I find it truly fascinating! It only increases my testimony that God is in every sense real, and that He has blessed us with these amazing bodies.
Now as I pondered over the image and concept of a reflection, a beautiful analogy unfolded in my head, and I understood more fully that because Christ often taught using parables, the people had a deeper understanding of the Gospel. There are two points that I would like to make regarding reflections and the Gospel:
1. Often times we do not recognize whats in front of us and we have to readjust our eyes in order to get the whole “picture”. The Gospel plays a key role in our lives. It unfolds God’s plan for us. It gives purpose to our lives. It revolves around our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and as such, as a member of His church I am striving to follow His example. Everything we do, every day, every choice, takes us somewhere. Sadly, satan is very real, and in every sense he influences the world in which we live. As sons and daughters of God, we have to remember what is most important, we have to reajust our eyes every once in a while, always remembering who we are and who we can become. Dont let the distractions of the world change our perspective and lose sight of whats most important. Eternity is a long time, and this life is short. How broad is our view, how eternal is our perspective?
2. Our lives are a reflection and there are many influences that can and do distort it. However the object or subject of the reflection, will always be there. Just like Christ will always be there to lift us up when we our lives are distorted, by Satan and his followers. One stone may only cause a slight rift in the reflection, but many stones can quickly ruin the reflection altogether. Our reflection, our countenances, must be sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Alma 5:19 “I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?”
Is the reflection of Christ engraven upon ourselves? He is the Light, the way, and the perfect example. As sons and daughters of God, our reflections can become clear as we live the Gospel.