I found a long hair on my chin today.
I’m not kidding… and I’m not laughing either.
How have I not seen this before? Better yet, how many of you have seen it but kept it to yourself? Come on, we need to have some sort of “rogue hair” pact.
I’ll tell you if you tell me… deal? And don’t laugh, cuz I bet you have them, too.
The problem is that sometimes these hairs are in places where we can’t see them. They blend in and go unnoticed. And while no one really wants to sit in front of those super-magnifying mirrors looking for those little intruders, sometimes it’s essential.
Well this Christmas, I got one of those mirrors.
Now to be fair, you should know that I asked for it. This wasn’t a “suggestion” from my sweet husband to take a closer look. I needed the ability to see things closer because my eyesight just isn’t what it used to be.
But the truth I saw in that mirror was quite different from what I’d been looking at in the more user-friendly bathroom mirror. This magnifying mirror showed the reality of:
- Deep lines and wrinkles
- Age spots
- Rogue hairs
What I saw horrified me! Now I understand that I am in my mid-forties and haven’t been the most disciplined with my nightly facial cleansing and moisturizing, but this was just downright scary! What I thought was acceptable turned out to be quite different.
Something about that resonated with my spirit, and I want to suggest that God is that magnifying mirror in our lives.
How? Because when we look at our lives through Him, we see things we didn’t notice before.
- We realize how selfish we are.
- We see how much we seek the world’s approval.
- We understand what control-freaks we are.
- We find that we have a warped sense of love.
- We think it’s all up to us.
But when we submit our lives to Christ, He allows us to see things more clearly… more in focus… better defined. It is a blessing, really, because we know that His goal is to make us more like Him.
Well, I plucked that hair right out of my chin and decided to spent time looking in that mirror more often. I want to know when there are “things” that need to be dealt with before they get out of hand.
I appreciate that God does the same thing for us. The Divine Mirror shows us areas in our lives that need to be groomed.
And with some work, we’ll reflect His image back.