Inside Out Light (#smallwonder)

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photo by Cindee Snider Re, originally designed for #sundaycirclegroup, used with permission

Not once in my entire life have I considered myself “resplendent.” I doubt, in fact, I have described anything in that manner.

Radiant. Glowing.

On my wedding day, perhaps. Maybe the junior prom — my first real dress-up event.

Even there I speak of looking radiant. Feeling a glow.

But BEING resplendent?

The Psalmist tells God He is. Resplendent that is. More majestic than the mountains. (Psalm 76:4)

So as I reflect that I dwell with God but that He also dwells in me, I must consider that His qualities, too, live beneath my skin.

I could get a spray tan. Add glitter to my eye shadow. Wear a sequined dress.

But that would only make me shiny.

Resplendence, instead, rises slowly to the surface. It’s an inside out light.

The fullness of all the beauty of God Himself, fanned forever by the Holy Spirit.

In. Me.

Can you imagine?

I hope you can. Because it’s in you, too.

So let us ready our vessels. Let us welcome the rising. Let us be polished. Let us be resplendent.

Indeed, we already are.


Linking this reflection of Small Wonder with my friend and fellow blogger, Kelly Chripczuk, who hosts a Community of blogging Beauty Hunters at her site. Because our Big God shows himself in the most amazing small ways. #smallwonder

13 thoughts on “Inside Out Light (#smallwonder)

  1. The type of beauty that we have as believer is completely depended on what the Spirit of God is doing through our lives. His job is to transform us from the inside out by changing our ways, our hearts, our attitudes, and tendencies by imputing Christ’s life into us, so that we can become more and more like Him.

  2. I must say I haven’t used that word…especially about me. Your words produce a longing in me to yield to the Lord…lovely…
    Amy Jung recently posted…The Beauty of Abiding in ChristMy Profile

    • “a longing in me to yield to the Lord” …. Oh, Amy. Me, too.

  3. Resplendent. Now that is a stunning word. You’re right… it’s not about shininess or external light; it’s source is inward, pouring out. I love how you brought this image to life.
    Amber @ Beautiful Rubbish recently posted…When: For Doubters, Misfits and Spiritual ShiftersMy Profile

    • Resplendent can’t be faked. I think that’s what I love most about it. An authentic internal light seems a goal with pursing.

  4. Sharon

    OK, that was a beautiful image. God’s glory somehow living in me! Resplendent – what a great word! One that we don’t often hear. But it’s just perfect to describe Him, isn’t it?! Looked it up: shining brilliantly, glowing splendor. Yup, I want to look like that!!

    Lord, shine through me!!


    • “glowing splendor” … love that, Sharon!

  5. ‘An inside out light.’ Not shiny, but resplendent…. You captured this perfectly, Bess.
    Jody Collins recently posted…Why Detours are a Good ThingMy Profile

    • Thank you, Jody.

  6. With God dwelling in us, how can we not be resplendent? Yet I don’t ever use that term either. 😉 Inside out beauty. Love this, Beth.
    Lisa notes recently posted…Jesus’ glovesMy Profile

    • It’s a wonderful word, isn’t it? Resplendent.

  7. Loved this post. These are the words I will be thinking about >> “Resplendence, instead, rises slowly to the surface. It’s an inside out light.” Oh that His light would be seen in me is my prayer. Blessings!
    Joanne Viola recently posted…Can We Give Like This?My Profile

    • I’m thinking a lot these days, Joanne, about the things inside of us that God intends for us to show from the outside.

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