When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling on me.
Genesis 33:10, The Message translation of the Holy Bible
Have you ever greeted someone with these words? Or thought something like them, when you’ve seen someone approach? You’ve probably considered some similar kind of joy when you’ve met a friend.
Have you ever greeted an enemy with these words, or with this thought in mind?
When you’ve glanced at a stranger, or had your eye caught by someone on the street, have you considered them with this graceful appraisal?
When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you think these words about yourself?
Plenty of reasons may be filling your head right now, about why you don’t – or can’t – consider these faces as the face of God. And sure, we could spend time going through all those reasons, justifying and grading and discussing and we’d have a really nice long blog for you to ponder and sift through.
But we won’t.
I’m just going to cut that list of reasons off for you, right here. I’ll cut off my own list as well, with you.
Instead of going through that list, let’s spend time considering every single person you meet – and every single person who comes to thought – as the smiling face, the expression, of God. Be disciplined! Whenever you catch yourself justifying why this person can’t be seen like that, just cut that off and start again.
Make sure you do this for yourself as well. A mirror fast may be helpful for some, but to really gain an enduring sense of love for yourself, it’s got to be deeper than just avoiding mirrors. We’ve got to see, really see ourselves, as the gift of good. And we can, because that’s who we are, no matter what justifications, reasons, or history try to speak up.
How do we see? What’s the best way to see truly? With God, good, always holding and loving us, telling us of who He is and how He is expressed. Trust Him when He tells you how good you are.
Share your stories of seeing truly in the comments. And ask your questions about seeing truly, too. I, and everyone who may read this, would love to hear from you and to see the smile of God that you are.
With You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.
Psalm 36:9 New King James Version