Judges 6:22-23 Then Gideon perceived that it was the angel of the Lord; and Gideon said, “Help me, Lord God! For I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” 23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you; do not fear, you shall not die.” (NRSV)
I liked the old beveled mirror in Grandma’s dresser in the front hallway. It intrigued me. My image was never truly distinct, and there was always a yellowish cast with little black pin dots overlaying my face. But the mirror was perfectly placed for last minute check-ups as I left the house. Will I look OK when I go to town?
For an instant one day I thought my quicker-than-usual check displayed another’s image in the mirror. As I drove to town, I pondered, “What if every time I looked in that old mirror I saw God’s face?” God scrutinizing me. How important would it be to look perfectly groomed? What if a glance into the face of God preserved other than my outward appearance?
As He so often did, the Lord prefaced what he told Gideon in Judges with “Do not fear.”
Then He stated “You shall not die.” When Jacob saw God face-to-face in Genesis, he said, “My life is preserved!” In Deuteronomy Moses promises that obedience to reverence will result in divine blessings “…that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.”
I’m going to see if I can put God behind the looking glass. Then we’ll see how important my image is . . . or will the life I lead and my very soul be what is showing as I go forth?
No doubt there will be blemishes as in the aged glass, but God’s check of me will be the assurance that I’m ready to go to town!
Dear God, Come through our mirrors and help us to see what image we are portraying. May we preserve that which You deem important. Amen.