You’re all I want in heaven! You’re all I want on earth! When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm and faithful. Look! Those who left you are falling apart! Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again. But I’m in the very presence of God— oh, how refreshing it is! I’ve made Lord God my home. God, I’m telling the world what you do! (Psalm 73:25-26)
Got some saggy skin or brittle bones? My skin isn't as 'taut' as it used to be and there are a few more wrinkle lines that have come with age. I am pleased to say there are a whole lot of smile and 'laugh lines' there, too! By bones aren't what they used to be, but if I'd stop stubbing them on immovable objects, I would be less 'bruised' and 'bunged' up! We all feel a little 'exposed' sometimes, don't we? Exposed isn't a bad thing because we are all messed up people on a journey toward being 'not so messed up' people! The most important thing I look for when I look in the mirror is how much of Jesus I see today, but I am not using the reflective mirror on the wall - I am using the Word of God. In the presence of God, we are refreshed - those saggy skin and brittle bones we may see in the wall mirror just fade in comparison to the beauty we behold about ourselves whenever we look deep into the mirror of his Word.
I know most of us get dressed each day and look into the mirror at some point. There also comes a moment when we say, "That's good for now", and move onto the rest of our day's routine. Some mornings my hair may go up in a pony tail - while others will see me put a little more effort into it. The most important thing is that I am ready for the day and that doesn't really begin at my bathroom mirror. It begins wherever I am when I am looking into God's Word, enjoying his presence, and allowing it to begin to prepare me for the various events of the day. If the basis of day's beginning is on a firm foundation, how can the day's journey go wrong? Those 'mirror moments' make all the difference, don't they?
We are refreshed when we look into his 'mirror'. I know I am far from refreshed at times when I look into that mirror on my bathroom wall. My hair is askew, my eyebrows have sprouted in all directions, the grey hairs on my head protrude in unyielding wisps, and my eyes revealing the weariness I feel in my bones. At those same moments, I can settle for that image of myself, or go to God's Word for the refreshing and renewal my weary bones so deeply desire. How about you? Do you settle for the weariness and disheveled life, or do you go into God's presence for the renewal you hunger for? When we make God's presence our starting and ending place, we will never be disappointed. Just sayin!