Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Widow's Story: Looking In The Mirror

My friend Joyce Search Coen wrote this at Easter and I wanted to pass it along to you. It's not a poem, but I centered the text so we could slow down and consider some of these lines. As the Psalms sometimes say---Selah.
 
Catching a glimpse of yourself in a reflection is totally different than looking at yourself in a mirror. 
 
 
When I get ready in the morning
I put on my makeup and do my hair and take a final look to make sure everything is just right
or as close to right as it can be for me. 
Maybe that is why so many selfies are in front of the bathroom mirror. 
 
But when I get a glimpse of myself I am taken aback.... 
If it is the reflection in a store window I sometimes jump because I see my mother. The worst is when I see my reflection in the computer screen while sitting in bed. 
Makeup off, end of day frumpy mode and I think…..
oh, my, what have you become.  
 
It is scary to see who you truly are. We often don’t want to take the time to examine our scary selves.
 
God also sees who we truly are both inside and out but He is not scared. 
He knows our potential.  
He knows our future….the end of the story.
 
To know that God loves me just as I am amazes me. The lumps and bumps and wrinkles of my outward self. The black dark corners of my inward self. And still he loves me. 
 
Yet still more amazing is that He sent Jesus to die for me, lumpy, bumpy, wrinkly, dark cornered me.
Easter is my favorite holiday of the year. 
It is at this time I cringe at the pain Christ went through on the cross for me. 
 
Once again I am humbled by what He did out of love for me. 
And again He reminds me that I am worth it; totally worth all of it.
Thank you and praise you, Lord Jesus. 
Thank you for all you have done, past, present and future. 
Thank you
for loving the scary me.

She sure speaks for me, does she say it all for you too? Express your thoughts in the comment line today, OK? Joyce and I would love to hear from you,
♥ scary ferree

4 comments:

  1. The overflowing and unconditional love of God for us is so amazing!

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  2. I love that fact that I don't have to be something I'm not with God. He accepts me for who I am and I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not. He loves and accepts me the way I am even when I look at myself in the mirror and say "UGH" God looks at me and says "Beautiful!"

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  3. After my husband died, I would catch a reflection of myself in a store mirror and cringe. Gone was the smile, the twinkle in my eye, even the reason to shop for a cute dress...this post reminds me that God is looking at soooo much more than the outside image. Thank you....

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  4. My husband was my biggest fan, 24-7, no matter how I looked or unkept I went or just had those days of ugly... ... it was always "you're beautiful to me" in 33 years of our marriage not once did he ever say anything unkind about my appearance, yet there were plenty of times he had just reason to, he truly fulfilled that cliche "Love is Blind". Maybe we need to give ourselves this same approach when we look into a mirror and see ourselves through God's eyes (giving us beauty for ashes) and not Cosmopolitian. I know if Tom were here today he would not want me "not to care" even though there are days I don't feel like caring, but God still sees me and I am still his child and represent Him, so I try and do my best for him. It is our spirit that brings glory to God, not our dress size, man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart. Dodi

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