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Remind Me Who I am God – Take a Mirror Fast
By Selma Komisky
“‘ …You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’”
– Genesis 16:13 (NIV)
Today we live in a society that is focused on the physical. From the time we get up and brush our teeth until we go to bed, we are constantly looking at ourselves in the mirror. We have mirrors everywhere so that we can take a quick peek of ourselves. We are never happy with what we see either, and are usually critical and dissatisfied with ourselves. So many women see themselves through a distorted reflection. We view ourselves as unloved, insignificant, unattractive, unworthy, unforgiven failures, and we become disillusioned and disappointed.
However, mirrors are pretty accurate and don’t lie to us like we wish they would. We can get obsessed with the outward and get lost in all the hoopla of unrealistic standards of what is beautiful. Consequently, we lose the part of ourselves that lies deep inside.
Unfortunately, the mirror can only reflect what it sees on the outside. It can’t reveal where we are deficient on the inside.
Ultimately, we are looking to be loved and accepted. But only Jesus can fill the gaping void we have inside. We need to remember that, “God doesn’t look at the outward he looks at the heart,” (1 Samuel 16:7). Although physical appearance plays an important part in how we see ourselves, it’s more important to understand our inner beauty because it’s value far exceeds that of the physical.
Josh McDowell, author and representative of Campus Crusade for Christ, says, “Someone has said, ‘Clothes make the person,’ but, seriously doubt that anyone takes that statement for truth. Clothes may enhance a person or temporarily disguise a person but it doesn’t make a person. So who are we underneath it all? Maybe you have been dissatisfied working so hard on the outer layers that you have failed to identify yourself as a person of great value and worth, and made in the image of the Creator. People today need to know they are loved and valued by God who made them. When people trust Christ as their Savior, they don’t just embrace a philosophy of life. They establish a personal relationship with their loving Creator, the one who knows us thoroughly and loves us completely.”
Just like our opening scripture in Genesis 16:13, though Hagar was Egyptian, she had evidently come to faith in the Lord (Nelson Study Bible). The angel of the Lord spoke directly to Hagar in verses 9 through 11. Her relationship became personal the moment she discovered her value from the Lord. Like Hagar, we need to hear from God.
So, do you have a clear sense of who God says you are? You can find out by looking at God’s perspective of our worthiness. Let’s begin by taking a “mirror fast.” In order to do this just take a break from looking at yourself in the mirror for two days (one weekend). Pray and ask God to show you what you look like in His mirror, so that you might see yourself as He sees you! Read your Bible and ask God to apply his word to your heart and mind. Write in a journal, and listen to what the Holy Spirit reveals to you about your inner beauty. I recommend reading the book, “See Yourself As God Sees You” by Josh McDowell, during your mirror fast.
God sees the real you, not just the physical you. Sometimes we need to be reminded of that, and remember what God really thinks about us. Think about it- only God knows the real you, and loves you just the way you are. Only God knows us best and knows what we need. God wants to shed light on who we are to Him. God sees every woman in his kingdom as a special and a valuable gem.
So, I leave you with this encouragement from the Psalms:
“You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.”
(Psalm 139:2-3, NKJV)