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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted February 27, 2006
Each morning I get up and stumble into the bathroom. I have never been a morning person and never will. What makes all of this even worse is what waits for me the moment I walk through the door: a giant mirror! So I stand there staring at the sight before me and think, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, when did everything start to fall.” My chest has fallen into my stomach; my hair is falling into the sink; my mind has fallen and it cannot get up.
Over time our physical appearance changes. They say that the only two parts of your body that continue to grow throughout your lifetime are your nose and your ears. Great! One day I will look like a cross between Mr. Spock and Corporal Klinger. I do know some people who look at themselves every morning and take an inventory of the things they don’t like about their appearance. Much of what they think and believe about themselves as people is based upon what they are physically. Let’s face it, as time passes, we change and those changes are often difficult to accept.
So how can we agree with these words in Psalm 139, For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.
If I listen to the mirror and look to it in order to define the wonder that is me, I will be greatly disappointed. If I look to the physical standards set by this world I will always find someone stronger, thinner, and more beautiful. The glorious intimacy of God created us unique among all His creation. Our wonder is not found merely in our physical appearance but rather, in that one thing that separates us from all of creation: the image of God.
When God created us He put within us His own image. (Genesis 1:26-27) Yes, our sin choices do distort that image but that image comes as standard equipment for us all. The image of God enables there to be a link between God and us. No other created thing has a spiritual sense or realization. We alone have the ability to understand and commune with God. Our sin choice did break the image connection with God but it did not remove the image from us. It remains and therefore, the possibility of a reconnection remains. All that is needed is our faith response to what Jesus did for us on the cross and the connection is reestablished.
Talk about being “wonderfully made.” We are unique and that uniqueness enables an intimate relationship with the Creating God of this Universe. Somehow in light of this those ten extra pounds or thinning hairs doesn’t seem to be enough to make us feel bad about who we are. And consider the purpose the image of God gives to our lives. When that image flow is reconnected, we are given the privilege of showing this world just who God really is by allowing His nature to flow through us. We can be used to correct all the bad press God has received through those who talk about Him but do not know Him.
Our purpose is more than just being good and trying to look good. The image of God enables us to reconnect with His plan for our lives. God has a plan for each of us. Some parts of that plan are common to all believers. We are to worship, grow, obey, share, and touch the lives of others. But there is also a very personal aspect to God’s plan for each one of us that reflects His unique use of our individuality. Psalm 139:16: Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.
I can’t help but believe that this is telling me that God’s plan is more intricate than just His knowing the number of days I will live. When we take this in context with the rest of Psalm 139 what it tells me is that God’s plan for my life is as personally intimate as His relationship with my life. How can I not trust a God who has proven His love for me by installing His image in my life, making possible the reconnection of that image flow, and has a perfect plan for my life so that I can experience maximum joy?
Next time you look in the mirror and you don’t like the reflection you see grab a Bible and hold it up in front of you. Know that because of the image of God, you can show this world something greater than just a physically pleasing person; you can reflect the image of God Himself and demonstrate the joy of someone living in His intimate plan for their lives. Now find a good church and celebrate the image in you!
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