This week we were playing around with lighting one of the diamonds that will be used in our winter set at our church. Lighting changes everything!! Depending on which way we shone the light on the diamond, it cast different kinds of shadows, etc. and changed how it looked every way we moved the light. When the diamond was lit from the front, you could see the cups and their form clearly and saw a lot of the shadows cast by them.
When we lit the diamond from the back, the look changed completely! The cups looked less like cups, and more like shapes. Instead of shadows, I saw the different values of the cups. It was kind of like having x-ray vision as I saw through the material of the cups. I love the fact that an object can be seen differently depending on the light.
In that same way, we as people have our outward appearance and work so hard to be perceived the way we want others to perceive us. The thing is, God sees us for what we truly are. He looks past our outward appearance and right to our insides. He can expose the deepest darkest parts of us, as well as our most beautiful parts. There is comfort in the the fact that He sees us as we truly are, and also a sense of accountability for us as well. I want my insides to be beautiful when the light shines.