I was given an invitation by a good friend on Sunday morning.
I half did it.
He asked me if I had the courage to look into the mirror and prayerfully ask God if I was who He wanted me to be. To interview myself with the question–Are you honest? Are you honest in what you have promised you would be?
While I was brushing my teeth I glanced at my terrifying reflection. Those eyes. Those eyes that know every part of me. I mumbled the questions under my breath and quickly changed the subject in my mind.
Perhaps you are perceiving this as an admission of guilt. Although I fall short of the glory of God, there are no skeletons in my closet that I am willingly hiding away. Imperfections? Plenty. But willful rebellion? I hope not. Or rather, I hope to not find out.
I believe this question is one the Lord is willing to answer. I have read it before– “Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.” I do not believe He would be bashful with kind correction. He likes me too much. But am I ready to hear it? Am I ready to face what I probably already know I need to change. Or should I just avoid the mirror?
After Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit they too discovered their nakedness. Fully exposed. God would know everything–so they sewed fig leaves and hid. What false assumption about the nature of God would lead them to such a solution? How did they imagine their next conversation with Him would end?
When the Father returned to the garden, He spoke aloud among the trees, “Adam, where are you?” Such an interesting moment, isn’t it? The Creator comes from a yonder throne in the vast universe and asks a question to a son who thinks he is well camouflaged–a question He already knows the answer to.
Why was he hiding? What long would these costumes last?
Adam had a choice. He could either remain in shame in the dark shadows of the brush, or he could come forward and face The Light.
And why wouldn’t he?
In awesome tenderness, the Lord brings Adam in front of a mirror to discover his reality.
While standing there, “the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”
Adam had a choice. He could either remain in shame or be covered and clothed by garments of grace.
Isn’t it compelling to consider what animal had to be sacrificed so that Adam and Eve could have their nakedness covered? So that Adam and Eve could stand with confidence before their Maker.
Daughter, son, where are you? Why are you hiding?
Jesus does not condemn, he covers.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Time to face the mirror–unashamed. Stop hiding from the Lord. Quit running. Let Him heal you. Let Him cover you. Let Him make you strong. You have nothing to fear.