We have lots of mirrors in our house. We put mirrors every place I thought there should be a window.
Being a bit claustrophobic, I never miss an opportunity to catch the reflection of the outside world.
This interesting feature of our house is unnerving to some, because they look not at the outside world, but at their own reflection.
It is amusing to see our guests straightening their clothes or pushing hair back into place.
Our 15 month old grandson, Gideon, loves the mirrors. Today I watched, as he ran back and forth on the sofa, looking at himself in three different mirrors.
He was absolutely delighted to find three other boys, who welcomed him, smiled at him, laughed with him, and even talked back to him.
Gideon does not yet know the boy in the mirror is him. Babies do not make this connection until 18 months or after.
So he is not focused on himself. He simply wants to connect with the “other” boy.
At one point today, he slipped on the couch and fell. He was not hurt. It just scared him momentarily. I hastened to comfort him.
He got back up, looked in the mirror and saw the boy crying. He stopped crying and reached out to the boy. The “other” little boy, of course, reached back.
Gideon then noticed the “other” little boy was also being comforted by someone. He may not have identified that person as his grandmother, but he did process that both he and the “other” little boy were safe.
“They” went back to playing. He again enjoyed the companionship of three boys. And grandma had a wonderful time watching.
Too often we look at the world around us and we see only ourselves. We focus on how to “fix” ourselves or how to make everything look good, to our specifications.
We miss the reflection of God’s Creation, even though it is right there in plain view.
Moreover, we miss seeing everyone else as Creations of God, waiting to be welcomed with a smile or pleasant greeting.
And we often miss God, standing right there, enjoying being with us and ready to catch us when we fall and comfort us until we are ready to join the world again.
Who do you see in God’s Mirror of His World? Look again and see His Glory revealed!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror The Glory of The Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from The Lord, The Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.