I was talking the other day to a friend who was studying James: the scripture that speaks about the “one who looks at his face in the mirror and then walks away and forgets what he looks like.” The writer goes on to say, “Don’t be like this person. Read the words of The Lord and remember them”. That’s the gist of it. We talked more about how it’s easy to forget, because we read and believe, but then we go out and live and are being lied to by the world about who we are. So, we forget what the one in the mirror looks like. Then, what do we do? We begin to see ourselves reflected in the faces and beliefs of those we encounter. This can lead to confusion. What we need to do is go look at the mirror again and remember who we really are.
The Word is that true reflection. It tells us who God made when He created you and me. Lately, I’ve been needing to look back in that true mirror many times a day and rehearse out loud who God says I am. Elevate my thinking. Speak life and hope and faith. I said to my friend “I just wanted you to know that you are one of the few people I know that reminds me who I really am. When I’m around you I feel like myself. I don’t have to pretend. That’s such a gift. I treasure our friendship.”
I left there and a few days later found myself meeting face to face with another good friend, the Ocean. As I sat and looked at the expanse of water and sky I felt like myself again. Small. Vulnerable. Courageous. Adventurous. Brave even. The Ocean does this to me. It speaks to me the whispers of God. It sings to me the calm tones of forgiveness. It heals me to be there; in the face of something so massive and untamable and beautiful. I am home.
I was breathing and listening to the friendly waves and was reminded – the mirror. I ventured to the water’s edge and didn’t see my reflection. It was too dark. But what I did was feel and imagine what I looked like at the edge of this place; daring to believe that I could begin again; daring to let myself hope.
This day, I went back to the mirror that is God Himself. I asked Him to meet me and I went and waited for him. He spoke. He sat with me for a while and then woke me just in time to see a dolphin surface on the horizon.
I believe in signs and wonders. I believe in the perfect Word of a Living God!
He speaks. He lives. His Word is our mirror. It’s who we really are.
Leah Neale, July 2014