Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall - On My Birthday

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall - On My Birthday

Friday, October 25 2013

Today is my birthday – and today I am happy!

Yes, I am one year older – and yes, each year proves that I am older. Today, when I looked at myself in the mirror like I do every morning, I wanted to but I couldn’t deny it: today, I have more gray hair and more wrinkles; I don’t have the energy I used to have, and at times first this part and then that part of my body aches; what should drop off (a few kilos) stays firmly attached to me – and what should remain strong and firm (!) doesn’t. Sometimes I even totally surprise myself when I happen to catch a glimpse of myself in a store window: How is it possible for me to look so “old”, when my heart feels so young? Clearly and regrettably, my mirror is not lying to me: I am growing older.

I just learned about a book that came out in the year 2000 entitled Didn’t My Skin Used To Fit? I should read it – a few good laughs while the crows feet slowly walk across my face might help me to maintain a state of acceptance and equilibrium …

But anyway, in the midst of my inevitable aging, there are three things that comfort me:

1)    I am not aging alone! I look around and, thanks be to God, every human being is aging along with me, be they famous or unknown, rich or poor, powerful or not. Ecclesiastes 9:2,3 says: “All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean ... The same destiny overtakes all ... they join the dead.” Some, perhaps, grow old faster and others more slowly than me. But the gray hair and the wrinkles, the pains and the weariness come at some point in everyone’s life – whatever we might try to do to prevent them from doing so. Whether we like it or not, we are all walking the same road. Thank God I am not the only one!

2)    Besides, I am convinced about what the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:16: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” That is just how I feel: every day, outwardly, I feel a bit more worn out and weary; but inwardly I feel renewed day by day, because of the manifold grace and the power of Christ in me. And 2 Corinthians 3:18 says: “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” This is my hope: to see myself day by day in the mirror of God’s Word, and to see how the Spirit of God is changing and transforming me with ever-increasing glory into the very image of Him whom I am contemplating and loving.

3)    And lastly, I know that my days and my years here on earth are not all that there is for me in life – I have an eternity in heaven alongside my Father and my Jesus awaiting me. And in this eternal living, there will be no more aging, no more pain and no more death. As I read this morning: “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:26) Praise be to God! The death of death is sure! And from everlasting to everlasting, I will be able to look at myself in the mirror of heaven, and always I will see the glorious image of Christ reflected in me.

Today is my birthday – and today I am happy!

As I looked at myself in the mirror this morning, I asked: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall – who is the fairest one of all?” If I were to wait for an answer from the world, no one would give me a second glance – I would just be ruled out and rejected. But this morning I asked God that question, and He answered me: “You are … beautiful …, my darling.” (Song of Songs 6:4) “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful!” (4:1)

It doesn’t matter how you see me…
…What really matters is how God sees me,
and how I see myself through His eyes. 

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