mirror: seeing ourselves as we really are

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! 😉


She flits
back and forth
admiring herself in glass,
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… 🙂 ❤

4 thoughts on “mirror: seeing ourselves as we really are

  1. I love this so much, Joy! And the fogginess of your photos perfectly pairs with your final Scripture: we do see through that glass so dimly now. But oh what joy when we will see Him face-to-face. And to know that He is making us more & more like Him, transforming us into His image, is truly such a wonder and curiosity! Just like that little bird. And by the way, I’ve always wanted to see a Bluetit because we don’t have them here in North America. One of my favorite artists, Marjolein Bastin, often sneaks them into her designs! So thank you for brightening my day with your dear poetry and thoughts! Love and blessings, dear friend.

    • Bettie, I’m delighted to have an opportunity to help brighten your day, my friend! And I’m pleased that the foggy photos are useful for suggesting the indistinct, fairly blurred view of God we have here on earth. I guess they were meant to turn out that way… 😉

      Bluetits are pretty common birds here. A lovely sight and a sure sign of spring’s awakening in the landscape. We think this one is building a nest nearby as we hear her sing and spot her flying to an adjacent roof, as well as admiring herself in the car’s wing mirror! Love and blessings on your weekend! xo 😊💟

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