Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Thursday, July 27, 2023
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I just have to share with you a traumatic occurrence in my life! I had put off shopping for clothes for many months, but the sales were great, so I picked out a few things and went into the dressing room. When I began to undress, I noticed that the store had replaced the ordinary mirrors with distorted ones, the kind that makes us laugh at the county fair. I appeared much shorter and much wider. I tried on the first item in my size, but the slacks that hung so beautifully on the dummy would go only to my knees. Perhaps, it was just the cut of the trousers, or someone had labelled it with the wrong size. I dressed in the next outfit and decided that I should try another mirror, so I went out to the three-way mirror outside the dressing rooms. To my horror, both mirrors were really bad. "Can I help you find another size?" the pleasant saleslady asked. As she was standing beside me in the distorted mirror, looking amazingly normal, I had to come to grips with the truth. I had gained weight in all the wrong places! Almost in tears, I carried my larger clothing to the checkout, pledging to lose weight.

On the way home, in an effort to cheer me up, my husband announced that what we needed was an ice cream sundae. He was right! As the creamy delight slid down my throat, I cheered up, and the awful images that I had just witnessed in the distorted store mirrors quickly faded from my memory!

Sometimes, I find myself doing this same thing when I read the Word of God. I see truth that makes me uncomfortable or seems too hard to apply to my life, and I want to turn away and forget what I saw. It seems too hard because I forget that the person in the mirror is a child of the King who is loved so much that He died for my sins, and that I can do anything that He asks me to do through Christ who strengthens me. That's when I need to reread James.

James 1:22-25 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does. (NIV)

Let's determine never to read God's Word and turn away. Just as the mirrors at the clothing store can give us a wake-up call, the Word of God will give us the truth about our lives. Let us devour His Word, and do what it says!

Prayer: Lord, help us to obey the truths found in Your holy Word and not to forget them. Amen.

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Jeanie Nihiser <jnihiserj@gmail.com>
Cerro Gordo, Illinois, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Jeanie.

    What a perfect devotional….thank you.

    I need this message…daily!
    Thanks Jeanie!

    Another devotion I can so relate to! About halfway through I was pretty sure I would see your name when I got to the end. Love the way you write. Keep writing and inspiring us! Blessings.

    Good morning, Jeannie,
    Good words this morning, I’m going to remember that text.
    I also need to lose a few (?) pounds.
    Thank you and blessings.

    Thanks, Jeanie, for this very special devotional today. Excellent words relevant to our daily thoughts and readings of the Holy word. We certainly can rely on the words of our loving Saviour and enjoy the best results. Blessings for your writings.

    Hi Jeanie,
    I enjoyed your devotional and how you connected to us not seeing or doing what God wants us to do. I am guilty of taking the easy road many times.
    I loved your hubby’s response to your dilemma – a sundae. He loves you and wants you to be happy. Blessings.

    Greetings and Blessings to you in Jesus’s name.
    Thank you for your interesting Devotional this morning.
    Mirrors are very interesting devices. God has blessed me with artistic abilities. Sometimes people ask me to do a portrait, but when it is finished, they don’t like it. They say “It just isn’t me!” I then show them a mirror, and the image is different, and IS what they look like. I often wonder what our God sees, when He looks at my image?
    (Northern Ontario, Canada)

    I knew this was yours as soon as I started reading it! Such a vivid example to help us remember never to turn away from God’s Word.

    On Jeannie, Isn’t it grand that God doesn’t require we lose weight to accept His gifts of mercy and grace! He loves all His children, both skinny and plump! My formerly anorexic daughter has blossomed into a plump middle-aged grandmother! God must chuckle and shake His head! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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