Proverbs 27:19 NLT
As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
How do we know what we really look like?
Surprising truth: with these eyes we can’t see ourselves.
So what do we do?
We go in front of a mirror or still water and see our own reflection. Even images from a camera are just reflections that have been captured.
The light hits our face, reflects off a surface, and enters our eyes. Our mind interprets this information and we see ourselves – or at least, just a reflection of our physical appearance.
In the same way, how can we see and know our real selves?
Of course, the heart and the intent of the heart are shown in the paths that we take (our actions). As Jesus said, “a tree is known by its fruit”. (Luke 6:43-45)
But sometimes, it isn’t so clear, especially when we aren’t even aware of the paths we are taking or the fruit is not visible to us.
How does this happen?
We get caught up in the chaos of life – the waves and ripples of its ever-changing circumstances. We lose our true reflection.
Doubt seeps it, bringing anxieties and worries with it. The waves and the ripples seem to grow as we focus on them.
We forget God’s promises and lose faith. We stop asking for and seeking God’s wisdom. We become like one who tossed around in the sea. (James 1:5-8)
Who are we? Where are we going? What about them, who are they? What is the purpose of all of this anyway? Is it all just a waste of time and energy?
We look for a source of clarity in the midst of this noise and change. Most look for it in the wrong places (this is the wide and well traveled path). They look for it in man-made identities, social media, news, politics and many other things. They also seek it in activities, crowding their lives and schedules.
Then, the noise becomes too much. Some seek to drown out the noise with more noise, external pleasures, drugs and any kind of escape, achievements and ego, food and drink; the list is endless, as our desire for clarity and stillness is also endless. These things might drown out the noise, temporarily, but they cloud our vision.
Is there any hope for us?
Yes, there is. It begins with the stillness found in our relationship with God through Jesus.
God is the only constant, the source of stillness and wisdom that we seek to give us clear vision.
We can experience this stillness and rest in it at every moment along our journey.
We can see our reflection, the true state of our heart, as well as the evidence of it and our daily lives – and in the lives of others (the fruit that Jesus talks about).
Then, and only then, can we see ourselves clearly enough to remove anything obstructing our spiritual eyes and be at a place to serve others.
This is a journey that has to happen everyday, for we never reach a point where we don’t need clarity or light to guide our path.
We are always in need of God, the source of wisdom and stillness.
How does this happen?
How do we find this clarity everyday in our relationship with God?
It begins with prayer, which is conversation – asking.
It also involves listening, waiting and meditating – receiving.
With this clarity and light, we can walk the path securely every day and every moment.
We can see our reflection and recognize who we truly are and where we are going.
We can see the reflection of God’s love in ourselves, and in others.