Everywhere you look there seems to be an abundance of mirrors. In the local mall there are walls of mirrors reflecting shoppers. Our visor in the car has a small mirror on the back that flips down for convenience. In our home we have 6 mirrors to check attire, hair, and makeup (my make-up – Kev goes au-natural).
I wonder how different life would be if a mirror reflected the condition of our heart instead of our outer shell. Would we be more Christ-like if we could easily see the spiritual state of our soul or would there simply be fewer mirrors in the world?
A friend recently shared how most of her frustrating parenting experiences are a result of her selfishness. She no longer gets to watch TV at 8pm. 8 pm is Junior’s bedtime. She no longer has the freedom to come and go at will; she has a little one to care for. She’s found when she is most irritated; it is because she is not getting what she wants. Her child requires something else from her. This realization was a wake-up call.
That made me think about my frustrating week. I got a glimpse at myself through the magic mirror of Christ’s eyes. I wasn’t nearly as attractive as I expected and I was looking uglier and uglier by the second. God gave me a peek into my selfish heart and I was ashamed.
How He can love me like He does? I am glad that God’s heart is purer than mine. I am glad that his Holy Spirit is an encourager. I am thankful His desire is to put my best interests first – every time. He sacrificed his only son on my behalf. He gave up everything to pursue what I needed most in life, a relationship with Him through a relationship with his Son. It’s always been about what I needed, not what I wanted.
No matter what direction I take in life God is the constant voice of love. He is the gentle wooing in my heart. He is the stability that I desire in an unstable world. I have vowed afresh to be this kind of parent to my daughter. I will be an encourager. I will put her best interests first. I may not be able to (or should) give her all her wants but I will sacrifice whatever it takes to meet her needs.
With God, all things are possible (Matt 19:26).