Mirrors

Sometimes mirrors can be our friends =) and sometimes they just need to be shattered…LOL

On a serious note, whether it’s a mirror or a reflection in a window or your own image staring back at you as you look into the water, WE are a reflection of SOMETHING. The question is…. what do we reflect?

A few months ago, when I did the Daniel’s fast, people repeatedly said things to me like… “You’re glowing”… “You seem so happy”… “You are so positive.” I think what I was reflecting in my life was that I had given this weight struggle to God. I had asked for his guidance and I was loving the answers He was giving me. I asked, “What should I be eating to keep my temple healthy?” He answered in His Word… “What comes from a seed.” So I did that…. and I felt amazing and saw incredible results. I prayed about what kind of exercise I should be doing… I was led in many directions to several different fitness activities that I enjoyed. So I did that too…. and my energy was unstoppable. I was doing what I feel God gave me as answers to my earnest prayers. My emotions were balanced, my thoughts were clearer, and I felt awesome! I was reflecting God’s glory and the work He was doing in my life.

My blog is evidence that I have been struggling over the past few months. I have had wonderful mountain top experiences and I have had some pretty rough valley experiences. When I look at the big picture and go back to read my struggles, I can see so clearly what a difference there was in this journey when I was truly seeking God’s ways. It’s so obvious when I am committed to doing things God’s way, and likewise… so obvious when I am trying to do it on my own. When we are on top of the mountain, it’s easy to say…”OK, God… I got this…. I’ll take it from here.” No one consciously says that, but we take on that attitude. A least, that’s what I did.

And how ironic… the day I ended my Daniel’s fast, I weighed 179. I have spent 3 months bouncing around and yet Sunday morning… I weighed 179… right where I left off when I thought I could do this on my own.

Sunday morning I prayed about where I am in this journey and later that morning I heard the most incredible sermon at church. Our Associate Pastor spoke about mirrors. I felt that I was the only one in that room and I needed every word of what he said. I realize that even when I was in the valley… I was reflecting…. but it wasn’t God’s glory that people could see in me… it was my own pride and failed attempts to run the show. But check this out! I loved what he said on Sunday:

I John 3:2,3

Though for now it might appear to be dim and unclear, there will come a day when the glory of God is reflected clearly in all his people. We shall be changed, we shall be like him, and we shall see him, not as “through a glass darkly,” but as he really is, in all his glory. And those of us who love him will reflect this glory to one another.

“The Greek verb used for “reflect” can mean either “to behold oneself in a mirror” or “to serve as a mirror.” It was the property of mirrors back in those days (which were made of a flat, circular piece of cast metal) that the more polished the surface, the clearer the image. Continuous elbow grease was needed to keep away corrosion. The life and ministry of the believer are depicted as a mirror that is in need of continual polishing so as to reproduce an ever-increasing extent of the glorious knowledge and truths of God’s Word.”

Wow! That really hit home for me. There is comfort in realizing I am still being polished! LOL Polish Away, Lord! Make me shine and reflect Your glory!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Teri
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 09:22:15

    Wow! That really hit home for me. I love it. Thank you for the encouraging words. I, too, wish to reflect the glory of God. May your light shine bright for all to see my friend.

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