What Do I Look Like?
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:1
We are bombarded every day with words and images telling us what we should look like. The world tells us we should wear specific clothes in a particular perfect size and have exceptional physical features to be beautiful. It’s impossible to measure up and meet those demands. If we want our reflection in the mirror to be what the world says it should be, we will always be disappointed. When we look in the mirror, we will only see “not enough.”
How do you feel about mirrors? I think I have a love/hate relationship. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself as I walk by the hallway mirror and for a second think to myself, "When did my mother get here?!"
What I wouldn't give for a mirror that makes me look beautiful all the time. Maybe a mirror that comes with Photoshop? Can that be done?
There is a mirror at my house we call the “Magic Mirror.” Actually, it's in the garage. It’s six feet tall and leans against the wall; it’s leftover from a renovation project. The angle at which it tilts is perfect because every time a walk by, I look fabulous, at least to me. I always appear thinner. I always seem to have made wise wardrobe choices, and I am always having the best hair day ever! It is a magic mirror! Or a carnival mirror, I’m not sure which.
Either way, the mirror lies. After catching my reflection in the magic mirror, later that day I will catch a glimpse of myself in an office building window or department store mirror and wonder what happened? How did I gain twenty pounds in twenty minutes? What did I think when I put on those jeans? Maybe the lighting changed, or the circumstances were different? Had my reflection transformed or was I trusting in a piece of glass?
Which reflection is real?
Last summer I had the joy of visiting Haiti as a member of a mission team. This was my second trip to the area, and I am in love with these people. The children are amazingly beautiful. The women are strong and grateful. The men work hard to provide and care for their families.
These people have very little in the way of amenities or luxuries. Most do not have running water and sometimes not enough food. Because of this, a mirror is a luxury. The majority of homes don’t have a mirror, so the children are not familiar with what they look like. So, the children have learned to use mission team members’ phones to take selfies. "What do I look like?" they giggle. They don’t often see their image. On this last trip, I gave a mirror to one of the girls, and an big group of teenage girls scrambled to share the mirror to get a glimpse of their face. Not to admire their features but to see what they looked like to the world.
The way these girls scrambled to get a glimpse of their image in the mirror reminded me of how I struggle to understand how God sees me. What does He see when he looks at me? What do I look like? Does he see a flawed, imperfect, sinful woman? Or, as scripture describes, His child, His daughter?
We can not be sure of how the world sees us, but we can be sure of how our Heavenly Father sees us. Mirrors are fickle, and people’s opinions change with the wind. But as Jesus girls, our Creator sees His beloved, His daughters, always, every time. When we put our trust in Jesus, we are transformed into beautiful daughters of the King. We have a new heart, and we are washed clean and crowned. The world might not see it, but God does.
So, fellow Jesus girls, God is our truest mirror. Look, and you wil
l see that you are lavishly loved, fully forgiven, a cherished child of God. That image will never change, never fade with age. That is who you are!
Today, as you look in the mirror getting ready to go out into the world, remind yourself, “I am the beautiful masterpiece of the Creator.” That is what you are! Then, share this truth. Is there someone you pass during your day that needs to hear how beautiful she is? Let her know she is one of God’s most beautiful creations, a masterpiece. That is what she is!
Father, thank you that you love us so much that you gave your one and only Son so that we could become daughters of the One True King. We praise you.