Sunday, April 12, 2015

How We Are Seen

Among the many photos I have collected over the years is one of a bridge in Yosemite Falls. Actually, it is the picture of a bridge and its reflection in still waters. When viewed, it appears to become an oval with water in between two bridges. The top of the photo is the actual bridge while the reflection in the water is an exact replica of the bridge. They both seem to be the same with the water dividing them.

Reflections are an interesting part of life. One psychologist believes that children who grow up without seeing their image in mirrors are at a disadvantage. He is convinced that they are unable to develop a picture of what they look like, who they are. As a result they cannot develop their identity and become mentally healthy people. Although this argument is open to debate, what we see when we look into a mirror may be much more than an image of ourselves: it is a reflection of our heart.

“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” Are we being encouraged to “look deep within ourselves” to discover who we are? Are we to sit and contemplate our identity? Are we to wonder who we are and where we are going without resolving the problem?

First, God’s Word presents the best picture of who we are and where we are going without His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. In Him we find our true identity. We also have the insights of those who speak on His behalf as they share His truth with us.

Prayer: Lord, may we see ourselves as You see us and change our ways and become worthy to bear Your name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.

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