One of the most incredible things that we experienced on our trip to visit the Somali people in Ethiopia was that they were infatuated with getting their picture taken. SERIOUSLY. When we were taking pictures, they not only wanted their picture taken, but they wanted to see themselves. I was blown away by the enthusiasm that they had for doing this. I could not figure out why they wanted to see themselves, until I was talking to one of the few locals who spoke and understood the English language. They wanted to see themselves because they had never seen themselves in a mirror, or it had been an extremely long time since they had last seen themselves. It was so awesome to experience their joy when they saw themselves. It made me think about how many times I look in the mirror each day. A LOT! I can still see their faces full of JOY and AMAZEMENT. It was a great experience.
When is the last time that you stopped and looked in the mirror and thanked God for everything that He has blessed you with?
I am forever changed by having this experience with the Somali people. It brings shear joy to my heart to recall that experience. We are blessed people and God wants us to always be grateful for the many blessings that we have. I want to encourage you to take a moment out of your day today and look in the mirror. What do you see? Do you see yourself as God sees you? Are you hurting, broken down, tired or exhausted? What do you see in the mirror when you look at yourself?
I love what Paul says in Romans 8:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF NOW?