Reflection – the act of reflecting, or the state of being reflected. A reflection can be an image – the counterpart of ourselves or another. Reflection is also method of fixing our thoughts, taking careful consideration and focusing inwardly. Some may call it meditation. What do you see when you look inwardly? What kind of reflection are you mirroring?
Mike was a fun-loving guy who loved to put his spin on phrases. “‘Whatever floats your boat” he would quip, or “whatever flips your paddle.” When tempers flared or people got out of sorts, he’d put on a little grin and say, “Watch it now—your altitude is showing.” If you think about it, he was correct. How low can one go with words, actions, or demeanor? Mike had a way of putting things into perspective without ruffling anyone’s feathers. His description of people often brought a smile to one’s face as he would comment on others’ actions: “his elevator doesn’t quite go all the way to the top,” or “someone tripped his trigger.”
His actions often invited tomfoolery of its own. As a frequent visitor to my office, he would stop by the break room to pour himself some coffee. One time the secretary accidentally switched the powdered creamer with the powdered soap. Both look-alike containers sat very close together on the counter top. Mike absentmindedly grabbed the wrong container one day, liberally powdering his coffee with what he thought was creamer. Much to his surprise (and the secretary’s horror and delight), he found after the first gulp it wasn’t creamer! The joke was on him! Yet, instead of getting mad or even, he laughed it off. His inner spirit was reflected on the outside. He loved life and the people around him.
The day before Mike died, he was out enjoying golf game with his long-time friend. He mentioned the fact that his father had died at age 65, and wondered if he’d live past that age. “I don’t care if I live longer or not – I just want to go quickly and without pain,” Mike told his friend. The next day he stopped to get milk before returning home from a drive. He set the milk on the counter. As he removed his wallet from his pocket to pay, he simply bowed over, took his last breath and was gone.
Mike will always be remembered in a fun-loving way. The Psalms have many verses that abruptly say “SELAH”. This is a Hebrew word meaning “Stop! & Listen!” …or as my friend Mike might have put it, “Put it on pause, please”.
Ponder…consider…reflect. What is behind your reflection?
Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD. (Psalm 107:43)