It was very early on a Saturday morning and I could hear my
sister, Leisha, already rattling around in the kitchen, making coffee. By
the time I got downstairs she was pouring the hot liquid into a
thermos. A map of the town was on the counter and a strip of
newspaper lay beside it with things highlighted and circled.
is a very organized garage sale enthusiast and having someone to go along that
day seemed to spur her on. We set off with anticipation and it wasn't long
before her early-bird-gets-the-worm philosophy paid off. We were poking
around in a large garage full of interesting stuff when I spotted a large oval
mirror. It was covered in a thick layer of dirt but it looked like it was
about the size and shape that Leisha had said she wanted for above the fireplace
in their home. I called her attention to it. She pulled it out and her
eyes lit up. Then the negotiating started with the owner. I was
amazed at how low the price went and Leisha was beaming as she walked away with
the deal of the day.
It was some time before I was able to visit again,
and when I did, Leisha immediately called my attention to the space above the
mantle on their fireplace. My jaw dropped. The old mirror we'd found in
that garage was beveled and the frame was solid oak. My brother-in-law had done
a great job restoring it. It looked beautiful.
The great thing
about the mirror was that it made the room seem bigger and brighter, as mirrors
are designed to do. The reflection of a warm fire always made the room a
comforting place to sit on a cool evening. I thought of the layers of dirt
that had coated it and wondered how long it had been sitting in that old garage,
like a gem waiting to be discovered.
Then I realized that we are all, in
a way, like that old mirror. We've been used and abused and are often
layered with the effects of sin and the trials of life. How tremendously
encouraging it is to know that God is in the business of finding the gems that
are hidden. How heartening it is to know that He is skilled at restoring
minds and souls. How blessed it is to believe that He can remove every
speck of tarnish, heal the brokenness and make us all into reflections of His
love and mercy.
That's the great thing about redemption - it reveals His
image in us all. Just as that mirror became a thing of beauty that
enhanced the room, we become the true essence of God's creation, bringing His
light and life to the world. It is what we were all designed to do.
We are all meant to be mirrors that reflect His grace. All we have to do
is say yes to Jesus so that the work can begin.
A special thanks to Marcia for the use of this
story. Marcia Lee Laycock writes a weekly emailed column, The Spur and her new
devotional book, Focused Reflections is now available on her website
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