We’ve all heard the line, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all, from the wickedly vain queen in Snow White. And many of us have had problems with what we see reflected there.
So, let’s get the physical out of the way first.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalm 139:13-16). There you have it; God made you to be perfect. But perfect in His sight has nothing to do with what you see in a mirror. In fact, if you have ever been in an amusement park fun-house, you probably saw mirrors that made you look tall and skinny or short and fat or even wavy in appearance. Mirrors simply reflect the physical. And any flaws in the mirror reflect you inaccurately.
Whether we are overweight, too short, have too long a nose, have mouse-brown hair, are covered with age spots or bald as a cue ball, God knew what was coming. Granted, there are sometimes things we can do to improve our image. We go on diets, get hair implants, have rhinoplasty surgery, dye our hair, and use a cream to bleach out skin discoloration. Is doing any of these things wrong? No, but…
I seems like there is always a “but.” We are not simply (Human images) like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ (II Corinthians 3:13-14). We are much more. We are spirit, soul, and body. And, in this, too, we are each unique. And yet, God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27). Since we are all different in so many ways besides the physical. God must have meant something else. We forget sometimes that God is infinite in every aspect. He everywhere at the same time. He is all-powerful. He knows all things. And probably many aspects that we can’t even imagine or understand.
Just know that, though, now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely (I Corinthians 13:12).
I can’t wait for “then”!