“Like looking in the mirror, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus so that we become a reflection of Him.”
The first thing I noticed when we hiked Washington Park Trailhead was the reflection of light on the greenery. The array of color God brought together at this creek could never be duplicated by any florist. The sunlight breaking through the canopy of trees made the hues more vibrant. Do I reflect this kind of light in my walk?
A few years ago I received an invitation to attend a party. I considered declining the invitation. My husband worked nights then, and I felt like Daniel about to step into a lions den. I got down on my knees. God wanted me to attend even though I might face tribulation at the party. Gripping God’s hand, I prepared for battle. I prayed that the people at the party would see Him reflected in me and that He would protect me from their jeers and their unloving attitude. I dressed nicely. I dressed in case I needed to make a quick exit. No purse. I slipped my identification and my keys into my pockets. My heart felt explosive and my skin, cold like death.
The second part of my prayer was answered. There were strangers at the party. No one would make a scene in front of them. I thanked God silently for His protection. My confidence grew knowing He walked into that den with me. The first part of the prayer was also answered, though it took a little time for this to register. A lady who lost her husband recently kept staring at me. She would say, “There is something different about you.” Everyone kept giving answers why I appeared “different.” She kept shaking her head at each reason. “No, there’s definitely something different about you.”
When I was an unbeliever, I noted a “difference” in some of the believers around me. They spoke a lingo I did not understand and their attitude shined like a search light into my darkness. I wanted to know why they were “different.” I attended church. I thought I was a believer. I thought baptism and church would save me. I thought if I made all the right decisions that would save me. Those believers touched my life though they barely left a footprint. But I have also noted the darkness in the life of those who say or are believers in Christ.
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the world. Toxic relationships and unwise choices can lead us away from a relationship with God. He didn’t move. We moved. I kept company with darkness. That darkness made me cold. I judged rather than loved; I joined in on activities the Bible speaks against; and in the beginning had such excitement for His Word until the world kept pushing me farther and farther away from Him. I learned from my mistakes.
I worked five years at a government job. Because of the darkness in my life, only two years of that time did I use to minister and spread the Good News. I could have done so much for the Kingdom of God to honor Christ’s sacrifice for me, but instead chose to wallow in self-pity and anger. I divorced myself from my toxic relationships. My husband helped me to see the darkness in my life. He helped me find my smile again. I began to take care of my body and my soul by leaning more on Jesus and trusting Him with all of my problems.
We see our reflection in the mirror every morning as we do our hair and apply our make-up. Our outfits are picked with care and sometimes we go through a pile of outfits before we find that perfect one. Why are we more conscious of our outward reflection than on our inner reflection? We are quick to point out a person’s misstep or lack of color coordination, but less than quick to catch the wrong word flying out of our mouths or the inappropriate venting we do in front of a friend.
The colors reflected in the woods that day awed me. It made me feel small when faced by the overwhelming size of God’s creation. It reminded me of my reflection, why I blog, why I live and breathe, and why I am grateful for the sunrise and sunset of each passing day. I am more aware of my actions, my words, and am learning to forgive me for what I did not do in the past, or what I should have done better. I want to live with passion, not in apathy.
Verses in This Week’s Study:
2 Corinthians 3:18
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the spirit.”
1 Corinthians 13:11-13
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put away childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
The NIV states above for verse 12: “we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror. The imagery is of a polished metal (probably bronze) mirror in which one could receive only an imperfect reflection —in contrast to seeing the Lord directly and clearly in heaven. Know fully…fully known. The Christian will know the Lord to the fullest extent possible for a finite being, similar to the way the Lord knows the Christian fully and infinitely. This will not be true until the Lord returns.”
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you more apt to dress your outward appearance? Do you feed your soul with the Bible? Or does your Bible sit on a book shelf and collect dust? Do you read His Word out of guilt or habit or out of love for a Savior who died on the cross for you?