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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 30, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 30, 2020

The Mirror

By Jodie Montgomery

 

On our bathroom counter, my husband has a shaving mirror. It is round, set in a bronze stand. It takes up space so I resent the thing. Through the years I have paid very little attention to it other than to note that when I glance at the reflection on one of its sides, the reflection is grossly enlarged. My glances simply confirmed that I really did not want to peer into that magnifying mirror. Men are different from women regarding looking into a mirror. My husband is fine with the details. It is an issue of functionality. I sometimes abhor the details, they are personal. I would flip the mirror to the normal reflection side and still back away. 

Now that I am home “a lot” due to social distancing, I am taking more time in the different areas of my house, doing some painting, cleaning, and considering the stuff around me. What I value is evident in what I have kept through the years. So this week, I checked out my husband’s mirror and considered purging. Instead, I admired the mirror’s usefulness and decided to embrace the imperfections that I see in this mirror.

At first, I was horrified and believed I could not embrace my enlarged reflection. Denial of what I really looked like seemed wise. I saw lots of eyebrow hair and some fuzz above my lip that made me question my husband’s sincerity or sanity when he calls me beautiful. I have been lax about facial hair as it is really light on me, but I realized that based on the lighting, my facial hair may reflect more than most densely populated beards. Somethings you don’t consider to pluck because it is just too overwhelming. I had to be in the realm of bystanders wanting to at least get a shot at the weeds. I got out my tweezers and began the tiring, painful job of clearing out the strays. This meant focusing as I didn’t want to see much else in the mirror.

Eyebrows are a strange commodity for women. Some feel their face isn’t framed unless the eyebrows are dark and arched. Some eyebrows actually would connect to the hairline if unkempt and others suffer from the widely unpopular uni-brow. Many tattoo on eyebrows. Eyebrows are a whole blog unto themselves. I’ve enjoyed aging because I thought it acceptable to ignore my eyebrows. This pandemic has made me reconsider that decision.

I’m glad the mirror is small and not a full length mirror. Enough said…

Pastor Edgar at a Pop Up Scripture on The Death of Shame and Pastor Ken in his sermon regarding identity shared about Frozen 2 and Anna’s question to Elsa “When Will You See Yourself As I See You?” The speaker of this line is key. Some really only notice our imperfections whereas there are those who see as a representative of God sees, those who build up others with just a glance. Those who look through the eyes to the heart. God sees His children through the lens of His own Spirit that seals us in Him. God sees our reflection of Him. God sees His purifying work of us as complete. His representatives recognize His loving glance.

Mirrors are an “essential” if we want to see ourselves through another’s eyes and confirm that we are “presentable”. Mirrors enlarge our understanding of ourselves, our view, and our perception of space. If honest, we look in the mirror, see our need of a Savior and repent. Dr. Baylis says he looks in the mirror each morning and thanks God for the atonement. He sees God’s grace reflected. Sometimes even just a glance is enough to deliver us from potential shame.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.