Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter. Psalm 74:10-11
Lest we forget, God is God. He is the Creator of the Universe as well as our Father, teacher and confidante. Not only did He set things in motion, but He keeps them in motion, day and night, summer and winter, good times and bad. It is all for purpose, it all works together.
Which is more important that He tap into us or we into Him? I believe it is the latter. Most of this “look always in the mirror and see everything reflected off me , I am the center of my universe, it’s all about me” culture in which we live are looking for an Eternal Santa Claus. They want a genie in a bottle. “I will worship You , if You give me…”
Paul told the Corinthians: But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? (1Cor 3:1-3)
Jealousy and strife are the wrong mirror images – they reflect back on the person, not on being a servant, and certainly not on God. To be jealous, prideful or envious is to focus on me and my talents, my circumstances, my life. We are always going to find people who are “better off”. They have more money, a more loving spouse, better behaved kids, the perfect job.
Not until I, and I hope you, realize all is from God and we surrender ourselves to His purpose, can we become satisfied, day or night, summer or winter. When you look in the mirror do you see yourself as God sees you? Do you see how precious you are to Him as His creation, a part of His overall plan? You were created in His image – even on bad hair days. Do you see others that way as well? I must confess I often don’t. My view in the mirror is filled with me, my faults, my flaws, my life. I need to flip it off of the magnifying side and look through it again. I need to see the world around me, and God as part of the Plan.
Lord, help me see the whole picture and Your fingerprints on it all. Then I can once again realize in utter humility how marvelous You are and what wonderful plans you have for me if I only surrender to them. Fill my mirror and let me reflect Your love to a hurting, broken world. Amen