Have you ever looked in the mirror and not recognized the image staring back at you? Perhaps it’s an extra few pounds, a few gray hair, or a wrinkle here and there. Those things tend to alter the view.
But what if when what you see looking back at you is nothing of what you remember? The person you see is not at all the person that roams around in your memories. Maybe you look like you’ve got it all together but inside you see a different person.
I met a wonderful man about five years ago. The most incredible man I’d ever met. The answer to every prayer I’d sent up since the age of four. He smiled at me with the most amazing sense of peace and I knew he was the one. For the first time in my life, I knew someone really loved me. However, when I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t understand what he saw. Nothing made sense to me. I wasn’t the wonderful person he believed me to be. I wasn’t this passionate, caring, great person he made me out to be. My fear was, sooner or later, he’d see the real me and I’d be done for.
After all, I’d made so many mistakes in my life. I’d been divorced. I’d hurt people. I’d lied, not been to church, had an anger issue. There was a million reason he shouldn’t love me. He saw none of it. I was overweight, out of shape and headed to an early grave. He never saw it.
It’s the same way with God. We see all the things we’ve done wrong. We see all the reasons He shouldn’t love us and forgive us. He sees none of it. When we ask for forgiveness, He casts our sins to the depths of the sea and as far as the east is from the west to be remembered no more. So what we see when we look at ourselves is a distorted image. It isn’t the image He sees at all. He doesn’t see all the mistakes we’ve made. All the wrongs we’ve committed don’t hang on us like a big red “A”. He sees His child coming home. He sees the heart He resides in. He sees a new beginning.
Becoming “distortion free” takes an act of courage and one big giant step of faith. Changing the image we see takes understanding that we are new creations in Christ..the old is gone and the new has come.
What do you see when you look at yourself? Do you see what He sees? If not, quit looking in the fun-house mirrors and take a look up.