I don’t know about you, but I don’t like looking into a mirror. When I pass by one, I tend to look the other way. I was never the little girl who looked into the mirror and cried out, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” I doubted my beauty. I avoided mirrors or any reflection of myself.
When Zoom meetings became popular during COVID, I did not like them either because I could see myself while talking, and it made me self-conscious. It’s unnatural to watch yourself as you interact with others, but Zoom has become a necessary tool for me in spite of it.
Recently, while planning for a writers’ and artists’ retreat, I came across this Scripture, II Corinthians 3:18, in The Passion Translation. “We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” This became the focal point of our retreat, Mirroring Creator’s Glory.
This Scripture says we all BECOME like mirrors. Wow, that’s far better than looking into one, I think! And when we position ourselves FACING Jesus with no veil on our faces: an open heart, all desires known, and no secrets hidden, then we reflect His glory. It shows up on our open faces. We are being changed from one level of glory to another by the Holy Spirit.
I have a little mirror, which sits on my bathroom sink. I need to use it every day when putting on makeup or checking the back of my hair. And when I flip the mirror to the magnifying side, I get three times the magnifying power and see things even bigger and better. How much greater we reflect Jesus when we magnify Him!
“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together! I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed” Psalm 34:3-5 Berean Study Bible.
Let’s remind ourselves to focus on God’s glory (the sum of every amazing attribute God possesses and every perfect action He does), as He is the source of our transfiguration into the likeness of Jesus.
Summary: As mirrors, in order to reflect someone well, we need to get close to him. And we all get to draw close to Jesus with an open face and open heart. When we do, others see Him in us. We become the mirror!
Key Thought: Mirror, mirror, I’ve become
Reflector of the Fairest One.
~ Janet Mueller, writer and photographer