Once, I was traveling out of town and the hotel we were staying in had one of those beauty magnifying mirrors that swing out on an arm. You know the ones I’m talking about. They get up close and really personal in your face. What you thought you looked like in a normal mirror became something totally different in this magnifying truth teller.
I often avoid those mirrors because there’s only so much truth about my face I want to see. But, looking into these things a whole world of pores and things that seem to come out of nowhere all of sudden can’t be ignored. The eyebrows need more manicuring than once thought. Things need to be plucked, covered, or taken care of to present this face to the world before I left out that day.
As I said, I always avoided these mirrors but I must admit when I stepped back to see the final results I was more than pleased and fully intend on having one installed in my bathroom at home.
How often are we afraid to take a closer look at ourselves? Not our face per se but at things like the inner man, our life, and our relationship with God. Are we too afraid of what we’ll find when we look too closely? Do we not want things revealed to us that may have gone by without a closer inspection?
God wants the best for His people but sometimes the best means we have some stuff that needs to be plucked and dealt with first. We have to seek the beautifying of His Spirit in order to step back and see the glorious final results He has for us up ahead.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. . .” 2 Corinthians 13:5