Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. -I Corinthians 13:12
My cat sits in front of the mirror at times and hisses at her reflection. I wonder at times what it is that bothers her so much about the cat she sees in the mirror. Which brought me to think. There have been times I have felt myself gritting my teeth with someone who constantly interrupts a conversation to put in there two cent’s worth, or when my child does something that irritates me to know end. No matter how aggravated things may seem, those moments should spur me to think how often I do that very same thing.? What about the person who always turns the conversation to be about them – is that me as well.?
How often do you find something annoying in another person that is really a reflection of a flaw in your own personality? There are so many times it is easy to project frustration about so and so’s attitude than to confront our own.
Maybe the reason we find things irritating in others is because it reminds us of the log in our own eye.-Matthew 7:3-5 If you have a person you have a hard time being cordial to, go to your knees and ask God if He brought that person into your life to reflect a flaw that you need to overcome. Maybe, just maybe, He is using that person as a mirror to reflect a sin in your life. Human nature makes us have a different view of ourselves (good or bad) than what is really so. An irritating characteristic in someone else may just be God’s light shining so brightly we can come face to face with ourselves. Like my cat will we just keep hissing at the reflection, or will we back off to realize we actually seem that way as well? Maybe God is whispering, “Be careful who you hiss at- it may be your own reflection!”
God, if I am going to be a reflection let it be of You. Let me grow to where all I see is You when I look in the mirror. After all, You made me in the image of you. Help me not to distort it so much. In Your Name I pray, Amen.