Hopefully you don’t actually “freak out” when you see your reflection as you walk past a storefront window, bathroom mirror, or a shiny new car. Perhaps all you do is pause for a moment, catch your breath, and ask yourself…”is that what I really look like?”
Our reflection is everywhere! We see our portrait in still water, in our friends’ eyes, and, heaven knows, on our computer screens. Oh…I’d like to take a quick moment to go on record. I believe my iPad screen has been genetically engineered to make my skin look saggy and my hair grayer. Am I the only one?
Whether I need a color touch-up or not, it’s what people see. Holy cow, imagine if they were able to see what’s going on in my heart. Of course, I’m not talking about the actual blood-pumping vessel but the spiritual heart that unmasks my true feelings. You know the one that keeps score on how we really feel about a co-worker, or disguises a deep hurt, or reveals the disdain we harbor toward political candidates. If that attitude was out there for all to see, I truly would “freak out!” How about you?
It’s Your Heart’s Reflection That Matters
Scripture tells us that our hearts are the true barometer of our soul not our outward appearance. It is the heart that matters to God. Read this…
“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” ~ Proverbs 27:19
It’s been said that “God has no hands in the world but our hands. He has no feet here but our feet. He has no lips but our lips.” One might say He has no reflection but our reflection.
This truth struck me deeply. As Believers we are His reflection in this world. Do I… do we… reflect His love, His mercy, His grace, His patience, or His care to a hurting people? All too often my reflection is a bit murky. Thankfully, I have the assurance that God isn’t finished with me yet and there is a continued hope that my character will shine more brightly for Him in the days ahead.
So the next time I pass by a window I’m not going to freak out or wonder if that’s really me. Instead, I’m going to be more interested in my heart’s reflection knowing that it is what God, and the world, needs. Are you willing to do the same?
Be a blessing,