The Art of Mirriam Neal

through a glass darkly

lucifer_by_crow_god-d5cx9vc“Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. “

I was listening to Mark Hamby lecture on imagination on Friday, and he said something that turned wheels in my mind. He was discussing Lucifer, and what the Angel of Angels’ job had been before pride overtook him and he was cast out. Lucifer was filled with precious gems and musical instruments, and he would stand by the throne of God and reflect God’s light across the heavens. That was his job – he was to reflect God’s glory and majesty and beauty so everyone could see it. What an occupation! Lucifer was a mirror for God. Can you imagine being able to bask in that? I certainly can’t. It must have been amazing  – so amazing, in fact, that Lucifer thought, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if I could be that? If, rather than reflecting it, I became it?’ And so, in his jealous ambition, he attempted to usurp the throne. It didn’t work out quite as he planned, and he was cast out.

He was no longer a reflector of God’s light, but in an ironic turn of events, a contrast to it. And then, God did the unthinkable – he created a man and a woman, and he gave them Lucifer’s job. It was now humanity’s job to reflect the glory of God – and Satan, formerly the most glorious angel in heaven, grew even more jealous. But he was clever – the most clever being ever created. He devised a plan to strike back at God; an immortal way of saying you’ll be sorry. He saw that we were mirrors, created to reflect – and he worked with it. He gave us things to reflect, until we became so distracted reflecting everything he threw at us that we forgot to reflect the One we were intended to all along. He’s still doing it, and he only gets better at it over time. We as humans are, basically, mirrors with a soul – but it’s rare I see someone reflecting God. We proudly claim our mirror status – “Oh, yeah, I’m a Christian” – and proceed to reflect everything but what we should. This was a revelation for me, the knowledge that you and I were created to reflect God’s glory, to literally replace Lucifer, and to shine Him into every corner of the earth.

I’ll confess, I don’t always do the best at this. But I’m adjusting my mirrors, I’m angling them up, little by little.

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