Mirror Moments

06/24/2006

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)

Mirror Moments are a time when God gets our attention and helps us move forward as we come “face-to-face” with the realities of our life. Mirror Moments usually come when we’re at a very dark time. We arrive at a turning point, learning to depend on God in an even greater way through the coming months and years as He leads us with His power and His might--knowing it’s not humanly possible to move forward in any other way.

Alone, usually in front of a bathroom mirror, it seems we are left to go places in our thinking that most times get disturbed by life in general—outside the bathroom door, the dog is barking, or the baby needs a clean diaper, the phone is ringing, or people are just around, and we are tending to the needs of the day. How many moms will say that the only time they get to be alone is in the bathroom? And yet still, there might come that knock at the door… “Mom, are you in there?” Big sigh…. “Yes, I’ll be right out.”

Sometimes it takes that time alone with God, in the bathroom, facing a mirror, to accept the realization of where our life is at that point, to face it head on—and then to not go “away and immediately forget” that moment but to leave more fully embraced, supported and filled with the strength of God to carry us through some of the most difficult circumstances of our life. At that point, there’s no time left to be “deceived,” but to come to a time of listening to the Word and doing what it says, just as is written in James 1.

God will meet us there in the mirror, and little by little a life that seemingly had nowhere to go will be set on a level path and put back together by a loving God. Mirror Moments are healing moments where God meets us right where we’re at, and begins something anew in our life--perhaps because we stopped long enough, got quiet enough or were desperate enough to hear His still small voice and follow it into our futures.

When we find ourselves having a Mirror Moment, when it seems we have no hope, no future and no help to see us through, it is but a “poor reflection” of all that God has planned. It’s easy to look back and see the path we have been on, it’s much harder to look forward and see no path but take a step forward anyway. The way seems dark, scary and deserted of all that we need, but in reality it is filled with the things of God that we cannot yet see.

We cannot know our future, but Jesus knew His. He knew He was headed to the Cross, and He went forward anyway. He took a step into the future knowing the pain and suffering that awaited Him. He looked beyond what He saw and into what we cannot, the Glory of God and the inheritance that awaits all those who will believe.

God will meet you in your Mirror Moments…you can count on it!