When I get up in the morning, looking in the mirror is something I’m glad not everyone can do along with me. It reveals too much. It would be easy to throw my hands up in dismay and walk away, leaving everything alone, making no attempt to do some needed facial repair work. However, doing so, ignoring what I see, would be no help to me or anyone else I might meet in the day. Therefore, I wash and dry the hair which is going in all directions. I carefully comb and spray it in place. I do some eyebrow plucking so as to be certain to have two brows instead of just one. I apply face moisturiser and pat with my compact of powder to hide away blemishes. I add a touch of lipstick, blush, and mascara to hopefully brighten a sleepy looking face. The above done, I am ready to face the world with a comfortable degree of confidence.
That’s my physical world. My spiritual world is really no different. I look into God’s Word and see myself. I am glad no one else can see because the Word reveals much that needs repairing. Therefore, I confess what needs washing away. I comb God’s truths into place and spray that truth with a prayer for the Holy Spirit to strengthen my resolve to do what is right. As the Holy Spirit speaks into my heart, showing me what needs to be plucked away, I apply the promise of his Word, which not only hides away my blemishes, but forgives them and casts them away as far as the east is from the west. I add a touch of God’s own joy and peace which brightens a formerly saddened countenance. The above done, I am ready to face the world with the confidence my heavenly Father gives me. I know He is my everything to get me through anything I may face when I walk out the door.
The above thoughts came to me earlier this week when I was reading James 1:22-25, “Don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the Word and don’t obey, it’s like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
Looking in the mirror of God’s Truth may be uncomfortable at first. However, armed with the Holy Spirit to do the needed repair work, we end up most joyful in appearance, with holy resolve to walk on, eyes on Jesus, peace permeating our every step.
Happy walking fellow travellers along life’s journey.