Yes, up early – since so much riotous sunlight was reaching through my bedroom windows I couldn’t stay in bed. Glancing at my bedside clock it said 6:00. Really? It is only 6am? Passing by my large mirror in the hall on the way downstairs, I was confronted by my rumpled hair and pillow-creased cheek staring back. Hmmmm.
So early that even the bird feeders outside my office window were still awaiting the breakfast crowd. Yawn. Got my coffee, opened the shade all the way, and flipped my new Passion Translation New Testament randomly to Ephesians 1:3, “Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful Heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ – all because He sees us wrapped into Christ.”
I kept reading because I needed to be reminded of these wonderful truths. I flipped back to Ephesians 1:5, “For it was always in His perfect plan to adopt us as His delightful children, through our union with Jesus…, so that His tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify His grace — for the same love He has for His Beloved One Jesus, He has for us. And His unfolding plan brings His great pleasure!” I sat up a lot straighter. Love this great translation! He said this about me, His rumpled and coffee-drinking child. And about any one who has made Jesus their Lord.
It is not about the things I did not get done yesterday. Or my feelings, or the pillow crease on my cheek. One more verse made the picture, the reflection He wants me to see in His mirror stand out.
Ephesians 2:10 TPT, “ We have become His poetry; a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it.”
I took notice of this gift from my Creator. I needed to stop looking into the wrong “mirrors”. He sees me differently than I see me, or even than others see me. The same is true for you.
Psalm 34:5 Passion Translation:
Gaze upon Him, join your life with His and joy will come, Your faces will glisten with His glory. You’ll never wear that shame face again.” He sees a different me, in His mirror.
Helix Nebula “Eye of God” Hubble Telescope courtesy NASA.