LOOK IN THE MIRROR: DAY 1
Wiping away the fog
When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Who do you reflect?
The mirror has the power to be deceitfully obscured or vividly certain. The reflection we see depends on who we choose to be. The outer reflection needs us to be okay to the world. We need to be okay with ourselves. So, we face the mirror day after day, making our faces presentable and our images acceptable. Everything seems intact physically, so all is well. But, is it really?
What would we look like if we bared our hearts in front of the mirror instead of our bodies? What would we see? What would the world see? Is it we have become so conformed to the standards of society that we see little significance in what our hearts actually look like? Have what we repressed become the constant fog in our reflections?
One of the most difficult tasks we have is to stand face to face with ourselves and bare our souls.
That would mean confrontation. We would need to look at all the buried pieces of our choices and lives.
That would mean embracing it. Not just feeling or touching it, but more like grasping and being in it.
That would mean realization. We would need to actually be honest and aware of it.
That would mean confession. After seeing what it feels and looks like, we would need to surrender it. That is not only hard work, but it takes an immense amount of courage. It’s always easier to not see what hurts us, but not always easier to not be who we really are.
The only way to discover that; to reflect that person you wish and hope to be, who you ought or should be, who you desire and want to be is to wipe the fog off your mirror and allow yourself to see your true reflection.
It’s having that honest conversation and that much needed soul-burning confrontation.
It’s seeing not the physical, but the eternal. It’s not seeing how presentable you look, but how you actually look, and only the heart can reflect that.
So, when you see yourself, what do you really look like?
LOOK IN THE MIRROR: DAY 2
The courage to look up
Once we wipe away the fog, there may be pieces of us we rather not face. For some, there are many small pieces and for others a couple big ones. The quantity and size of our brokeness is completely irrelevant to God. What matters most to Him is your heart. What He desires most from you is YOU! The REAL you.
It may take a bit of time to look up at your reflection. You may wrestle with those pieces in your heart for a while before choosing to have them mended. God cannot take your pieces and make them into something beautiful unless you face them.
That tugging and burning revolving within your heart, that constant probing for change and rescue is there. The fogged reflection you chose to see yourself out of enabled you to remain chained to your brokeness; lying to you in disguise of a pristine physical appearance.
The fog allowed you to believe that would be good enough. As long as you remain undercover in the world, you will blend in with society. Truth will tell you that you’re not made to blend in. You’re not meant to live on the surface of your skin, but live deep within the core of your heart. There is where you find God. And only when you choose to look up and directly face your heart, is where God will begin to gaze at you with a peace and Love that will surpass all your understanding of who you pretended to be.
Look up my friend. Look in the mirror. The reflection may slur into focus at first, but let God bring you into focus. Your addiction to repress, to control and to disguise will cause a withdrawal of emotions that will flood your veins and invade your heart. Do not allow yourself to look away. Look up. Stay in focus. Your real reflection will be worth it.
Becoming new requires the passing of the old, so let it pass through and pass away.
Do you want to see what you really look like? Then look up my friend.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR: DAY 3
Letting God reflect
When we make that choice to look up and face ourselves through a clean mirror, is when we can truly begin to stare into our hearts. There may be some discoloration and broken pieces, but it’s the perfect mold for God to use to reshape you into something so unimaginably beautiful.
When you choose to let God in and let Him be the craftsman of your heart, He will rebuild a mansion from your broken pieces. He will color light into the center of your heart. As those colors stream slowly and steadily throughout each chamber of your being, your reflection will begin to change. Your eyes will be brighter and your skin will glow with a Joy.
As God proceeds to transform you from the inside to look like your outside, He will surface the repressed, the fear, the shame, the sin. You’ll see it as you face yourself, but you no longer will have to look like it. As you look in the mirror, you’ll begin to see yourself change, as God reflects His Love through you.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR: DAY 4
Let the clean up process begin
Now that you have decided to face what you look like as it currently appears, you will now need to face the transformation.
To truly transform, we need to rid all the parts that bound us in chains; the strongholds that have taken root in our hearts. It is a surreal experience when God begins the clean up process in us. But, like any loving parent and teacher, sometimes their teaching derives from tough Love.
Parts of what God shows us about ourselves is piercing. It is going to hurt, but it won’t for long. Think of it as having surgery that you’re awake for. You feel some pain, but afterward the healing begins. As each day passes, you start to feel better. You feel stronger. You feel relief. You begin to feel better than you ever have.
God needs us to confront who we once were before He can transform us, and with that we need to confront it face to face. Repressed memories, our errors, how we treat ourselves and others will be reflected back at us at first. We need to allow ourselves to feel that so we can truly see it for what it is.
The experience will be emotional, unleashing a tidal wave of truth over your heart. It’s not easy to look at what we have buried and see what it really looks like.
There will be moments after we look up, where we will not be able to see our own reflection. During this time you’ll face an intense reality that real living was never about you. As you stand in this gap between who you thought you were and who God created you to be, God will show Himself to you. He will begin to clean your heart all while drawing you close to Him, flooding your heart with Grace and redemption; His medication for an eternally diseased heart.
Brace yourself for the truth that will soon set you free. It’s going to be an amazing discovery!
LOOK IN THE MIRROR: DAY 5
Removing the mask
As the clean up process begins, you’ll see images of your heart reflecting back at you.
God will show you your disguised parts and the parts He wants you to become. There is so much we deny in ourselves when we clearly long to accept and become it. There is also so much pain we deny we feel, when we clearly inhabit it. This back and forth; up and down motion in our souls is terrorizing until we finally decide to ask God to remove our masks.
When we choose to no longer desire to be who the world expects us to be, but rather to desire who God calls us to be, our images change.
Throughout the years, we collect so much dust from the world that all our trauma, desires, dreams and memories get vacuumed into this section of our hearts, entrapped from God.
When our hope is not in Him, we suffer greatly the consequences of an internal slavery.
As you start to see images of yourself reflecting back at you, you’ll begin to feel the chains break in your heart. You’ll know that God is removing your disguise and in the process of making you a completely changed person.
What He shows you can be heartbreaking, but always liberating. Total freedom as your new reflection progresses to appear more like God and less of the disguise you once looked like.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR: DAY 6
Coming into view
After our masks are removed, God then begins to reflect Himself in us. It’s as if our hearts are being televised through a mirror. They take real shape; showcased in bright colors. Streams of truth streaking the glass, peering back at us through God’s eyes. Who we desire to be, what we need to confront, how we truly feel coming into focus as God infuses His mighty Love into us.
This is the part in the transformation that is felt with certainty and peace; a soul revelation of a real revival in our purpose.
We face this reflection knowing we are changing, we are breathing; we are coming to life. These reflections are all the wounds God wants to heal, all the voids God wants to fill, all the dreams God planted within us. He is showing you…YOU. the real you. Not the wordly version scripted with exaggerations and lies.
Your tone begins to brighten, your face begins to lighten; your entire appearance begins to radiate with color, as if fireworks are being projected from within you. That’s God’s light. It has been turned on in your heart, driving out the darkness and illuminating the goodness, all that is pure and right. All that He created you to be.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR: DAY 7
Your true reflection
After you come into focus, you’ll begin to see a different person peering back at you.
This person reflects Love; reflects compassion; reflects forgiveness. All the pieces that were wedged in your stony heart have been broken. All the pieces that were stuck in aggression have been pulled out.
A flow of grace enriches your veins, purifying all the toxins; all contamination.
You don’t quite look the same. Your outer appearance is primed with a glow of Joy, but it’s your inside that has drastically changed it’s appearance. The old you is no longer there, but the new you is alive and renewed.
You can see clearly and feel more profoundly. You may need some time adjusting to your internal makeover, but soon you’ll settle into your new flesh, your new heart.
It is when our old selves pass away, that we can truly appear. God reveals His heart within yours, as He molds you more into His image. Here you stand facing you, the real you with God’s eyes; seeing what He sees and Loving what He Loves.