"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror, for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."
It was early in the morning. I got my customary mug of coffee and sat with my Bible and my notebook on the couch facing southward toward the windows looking out through a small standing wood. I like to have a few minutes to read and think about the scriptures and pray before I start my day.
This morning, however, I was having a hard time getting into the reading...honestly, I don't even remember what I had read that day. I was feeling quite distracted. I kept being drawn to look out at the dilapidated barn, barely standing on the property just beyond the woods.
So I got up and walked over to the window and as I looked I asked, "Lord, why do I keep feeling so distracted by the barn today?" As I looked at the barn more closely, there in the midst of the tangle of boards and beams, was a mirror...
One of the most amazing things about this mirror is that whoever had placed it in the upper floor of the barn, I'm sure never would have imagined how the Lord would use it's placement to speak to me that day.
You see, it faces eastward. So this particular morning the mirror was reflecting the rising sun. As I thought about this, I realized the significance of the picture before me. This unbroken, antique mirror was reflecting the beauty and light of the morning sun. It may seem strange, but it made me think about my aging father. In recent years, his mental faculties have been diminishing and like this old barn his body is failing under the ravages of Parkinson's disease. But deep on the inside there is the "mirror" of his soul, facing eastward waiting for the rising Son. He is looking for Christ's return.
The one thing that hasn't changed, hasn't weakened, however, is his prayer life and worship. With the Parkinson's, his once vibrant story-telling, has become quiet. Once in a while he attempts to share a long-ago event, but mostly he sits looking forlorn and sometimes, glassy-eyed.
We were having a meal together and my husband was engaged in a project that would detain him at the start. So I asked my Dad to pray for us and what a wonderful oratory was heard. "Father, we worship you and give you all the praise, and all the honor and all the glory and all the worship...."
Recently, I saw this quote by Mark Driscoll:
"We are made in God's image and likeness, and we're made to mirror him."Here is another quote from Corrie ten Boom:
"We are moons, not suns. The moon only reflects the light of the sun. We need only to reflect His light, then we live to His glory.”May we prepare ourselves for those days ahead, when our earthly bodies are fading. Let us remember to gaze upon the perfect law of liberty and continue in it...
"Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca (weeping), they make it a spring. The rain also covers it with pools (blessings). They go from strength to strength. Each one appears before God in Zion."