MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHOSE REFLECTION IS SHINING THROUGH TO ALL? I have always enjoyed going to the carnivals and entering the fun house only to be surrounded by the goofy mirrors! Each one shows a completely different distorted appearance causing laughter accompanied with a twinge of embarrassment, thus forcing me to quickly find the “normal” mirror to ensure that my true image has not been altered.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.”
COURAGE: Confronting Opposition Under Restraint Accepting God’s Endurance
In 2 Samuel 10, Joab is confronted with having to fight not only the Arameans, but also the Ammonites. he spoke to his brother, Abishai and in verse 11 he says, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then come over and help me. and if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will come and help you.” 12) “Be courageous! Let us fight bravely to save our people and the cities of our God. May the Lord’s will be done.”
Joab knew that the final outcome was in God’s hands, yet he stepped up in obedience and used the strengths and intelligence that had been given him to fulfill the Lord’s will.
Up until a couple of years ago I was extremely nervous to pray in public places for fear of what someone might think. I had raised my boys to pray before meals and bedtime, yet when out and about I realized I was not being consistent. It was then that I began in more confidence praying aloud at restaurants, at the bus stop asking God to give them a good day, in the car when passing an accident, and even in the stores when we encountered an argument! (Which, because I raised such awesome kids that last part rarely ever occurred. HA HA!)
One Sunday, shortly after I began implementing this outward prayer into our lives, a man approached me at our church and said, “I was at the pizza place the other day and I did not know who you were but when I watched you and your children bow your heads and give thanks for your meal it brought me to tears. I have been undergoing some rough times lately and your action caused me to seek out a church to begin finding deeper connection with God. It wasn’t until I saw you here today that I realized you were that woman.” He went on to thank me for standing up for Jesus by that simple action and shared that He believed I was used to bring about God’s will in his life. I am still in contact with him to this day and he has an amazing walk with the Lord and has been used in great ways to bring others to Christ!
I was not called to fight an enormous battle in the desert to exemplify bravery, but I have been called to draw closer to God and stay courageous throughout the attacks. I also must remember that HE is in control and has a victorious plan in sight.
“God has promised this by His holiness: ‘I will divide up Shechem with joy. I will measure out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine. Ephraim will produce my warriors, and Judah will produce my kings. Moab will become my lowly servant and Edom will be my slave. I will shout in triumph over the Philistines.’” 12) “With GOD’S help we WILL do mighty things, for He will trample down our foes!”
Father, thank you for the gift of freedom in which I can come to you anytime, anywhere and fellowship directly with you. I pray that if that freedom were ever to be taken away, that I would remain courageous in speaking and praising your name regardless of what outcome I humanly feel may occur. Allow me to rest in you and obey your word so that all distortions of the truth that may surround me will be deflected as I stand and solely reflect upon you. Please, open up the eyes of others to reveal to them the answer to the question of ‘whose reflection is shining through to all!’ May it always be yours and not my own. Giving you thanks and praise God, in your precious name, Amen.