My granddaughter was playing a week ago, with several other children. They were going to great lengths to prepare and perform the Nutcracker ballet for us. It was quite extensive with props, backstage and the inclusion of all the other visiting children, should they desire to be "extras" in the performance. It was delightful and very sweet. The leader of the group was older than our grand kids and was very organized in writing the script and using music with much rehearsal time included...don't you know, every once in awhile, all producers must take a break and head to the restroom before the big performance! Our granddaughter was left in the room awaiting the arrival of the producer before anything further could be accomplished on this show-stopping production. In the interim, as the producer announced that she indeed would be back in just a few short minutes, Finlay looked over at us (her mom and myself) and said this..."that's okay, while she's gone, I'll just look at myself in the mirror," and picked up a Cinderella-type mirror to look at herself! Totally cute, right!!! Lindsay and I just loved it to pieces.
Though totally cute and totally a girl thing, I have been thinking on her profound statement for a week and a half now. It's more than cute to me, it's a literal reflection for contemplation in this walk with Christ and here's why: how we rely on the "producer" of our life, the Lord Jesus Christ. When we declare Him as Lord of our life, we want to work in sync with Him as we follow His lead, follow His Word and rehearse on a daily basis how to choose life over death. There is much practice involved and there are "extras" that need to be included, there is formulating a life script that daily includes Jesus, His direction and our testimony of HIS great work in our life...and yet, there are times when He is silent. Though He never has to take a break from the work He is doing in each of us, there are times when His answer is not fast enough or what we wanted to hear and we must continue in prayer and daily discipline of trusting IN Him.
At those times, I feel it best if we were as a child and say..."I think I'll take this time to look at myself in the mirror." It is at those times that we have the opportunity to examine ourselves, really what we are looking at, is not our physical face but "our heart" and ask the Holy Spirit..."see if there be any wicked way in me." (Hymn: Search Me O God). In those tough moments of long silence or prolonged pauses of circumstances, look at your heart and examine it closely to see if there is any pride; jealousy; slander; pride; hard heart; I'm right you're wrong; revenge; judgment; pride; lies, deceit or pride! For the Lord, if asked with true confession...will reveal to you (like looking in a mirror) the things that need to be handed over to Him so that He can deal with them. He's always there, He's never on break time, but when walking with Him...He's always looking for our search to be intensified with additional intimacy so that He can be more glorified.
I am writing a closing Marilyn thought on John 8:1-6 "But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sad down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?" They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground..."
You can finish reading that account for yourself, but for today's devotional purposes only and Marilyn taking liberty...I would like to imagine that He wrote something like this..."look into a mirror and see for yourself if you indeed should have stones thrown at you for your own sin?" We can imagine, by looking inside ourselves, what HE would have written to you and for your life. It is our duty as Christians to examine daily, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that gaze into the mirrors of our hearts and let the creator of the universe share with each of us...things that do not reflect the beauty of Christ.