Constantly, I battle within myself over my outward appearance, and this ultimately effects my inner self. My blessing has come with age as I am able to accept who I am both inside and out. Yet, from time to time I drift back into my negativity which affects those close to me. Although verses of scripture tells my heart that God is with me and loves me for who I am, I always find a way back down that dark path. One of my favorite scriptures that I open often is found in Matthew 6: 26, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” I know God is there in my mirror, but sometimes I just fail to see him loving and caring for me.
Last week was one of those weeks, when I just could not find the good in myself. I just looked in the mirror and saw this person that I did not want to see looking back at me. Instead of heeding 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” I cast my negative doubts on others like my husband. He carries the burden of not being able to help me through the valley because this is not his valley. But, I drag him down into it with me anyway each time I go down this dark path. He is a loving husband who always has the right words that I just fail to hear. His constant love and devotion always brings me out of the valley and reminds me of Proverbs 16:24, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” I must hear his words which are from the Lord in order to heal my body and my soul.
As I ponder the reflection in the mirror this week after I have found my way out of the valley, I realize that God does not really look at me the way others do and the way mirror reflects.
1 Samuel 16:7 reads, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Knowing now that God looks at my heart, I need to stop pursuing the mirror and focus harder on my heart for the Lord using the words from Proverbs 23:12, “Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.” This scripture causes me to reflect how focusing more on my heart might help my view in the mirror. Can I and will I find God in the mirror?
I spend more time reflecting now on who I really am and the gifts that God has given me. This is the only way I can focus myself away from the dark path. I make peace with the spirit God has given me. 1 Peter 3:4 reads, “But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” I grasp for this verse and the message it writes on my heart. I am precious in his sight. Once again, I can stand on the mountain top and look in the mirror and see the gift that Christ has given me. I see my new self given to me through Christ sacrifice on the Cross. “And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Scripture from Colossians 3:10 brings this comfort to my heart and the image I see in the mirror. I am blessed!
Closing Verse: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Challenge: Are you finding God in the mirror? Are you focusing on your heart so it will shine through on the outside?