When you look into the mirror what do you see? A cat or a lion? I think most of us see cats. Scrawny, run down, unloved,cowered, same as every other moggy. A few people may see lions. Their reflection may tell of victories and success, popularity and purpose. But I’m suspicious that if we’re honest most of us see cats.
In a world of comparisons, we feel like a moggy (stray cat of unknown heritage) in a pride of lions. Everyone around us seems to be successful, living up to their potential, confident, achieving great things, beloved heroes.
So when others say good things about us we feel uncomfortable and shrug them off with a deflecting comment that sends the compliment elsewhere. Why is it that others can see grace, courage and potential in us when we can’t?
We feel like we can’t win the never-ending battle before us and others see perseverance, strength and courage. We feel like our hard work is not being noticed and others see commitment, potential, growth. We feel like our efforts to love is rejected and others see us as a life line of hope and love in their struggle to survivor this season. We feel like our faith is weak and God sees faith that is growing, love that is deepening, a heart that is softening to Him.
We may know that God works all things for good, that He is doing a good work in us, that we are children of the Most High God, that we are His beloved, but we don’t feel like it, we don’t believe it, and so we don’t see it.
A pastor, a prophet, a prayer warrior shares words from God about how He sees us as a beautiful, strong, loved and we reject them too. It’s almost like we’d prefer to see the cat because a lion is called to greater things, greater exploits, greater adventures. We refuse to see the courage inside us, the faith given to us, that will empower us to new horizons. It’s comfortable being a moggy, confined to our little patch, knowing which neighbours will feed us and which will kick us. If we see a cat, we can stay the same.
Yet God looks at us and sees the lion He has made us to be. Whether we see it or believe it, the truth doesn’t change.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Take a moment today to ask God to show you what He sees when you stand before a mirror. I think you’ll be surprised.
What does God, or others, see in you that you find difficult to see and accept? Share your reflections in the comments below.
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