It’s no secret that nature and wildlife have things to teach us as they quietly go about their lives. The poem below was written after observing a bluetit’s antics as she circled around our car’s wing mirror for a few minutes.
We were too entranced watching her to think of recording the moment. But oh joy, she returned the next day and I caught it briefly with these blurred, smudgy photos out of the kitchen window! 😉
Birdwatching She flits back and forth admiring herself in glass, enraptured by the way her image is captured so vividly in the wing mirror, where she can’t resist such a view of loveliness. It’s as if she cannot quite believe that this tiny bird has anything whatsoever to do with her, or is more than a passing resemblance, perhaps— does this sight signify, imply what she might really look like? So she shifts her gaze here and there, hopping keenly once more over the bonnet of the car, then back again to preen, to marvel, to check she does exist in this world, in this space. And she twists her perspective as she turns upside down, and almost inside out in her eagerness to believe she is just as sweet, just as lovely, just as glorious as the mirror suggests. © joylenton
“But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.” — 2 Corinthians 3:18 TLB
This sweet incident made me wonder how we might respond when we catch a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror. Are we enchanted, curious, disinterested or disappointed? Does it matter if we’re less than thrilled with our outer appearance?
Because we are so much more than the sum of our parts. Though having a balanced love for ourselves and a healthy self-acceptance is to be encouraged. We need to transform our wounded minds and hearts by believing we are who the Bible says we are.
I can attest that it’s been damaging for me to have low self-esteem for years due to painful childhood experiences that seared my soul and induced decades of brokenness. God longs for us to see ourselves the way He does: beautiful, beloved, healed and whole, a joy to behold.
Maybe looking in the mirror might cause us to seek the kind of mirror that truly reflects our God-given beauty, grace and loveliness, especially if we’ve failed to fully notice or appreciate it.
Do we return, time and again, to check our reflection in Scripture as it holds up a mirror to our souls and gives us insight into the close, loving relationship we can have with God? Perhaps we should… 🙂 ❤