Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Fairy tales. There's a golden nugget of truth we can take away from specific details found within many of our favorite make-believe stories. I pray God will use this illustration, like the last, to speak to your heart and guide you in your real-life story.

Once again, we open the pages of Snow White. The evil queen, Snow White's stepmother, has a so-called magic mirror at her disposal. Take a look:

The evil queen is all-consumed by what she perceives will define her: outward, vain beauty. So obsessed with being the most beautiful – "the fairest one of all" – she incessantly asks the mirror the same question, just to appease herself that she remains, by her standards, the best. So ugly within, she is enraged when she learns that there is one who surpasses her as the fairest in the land. 

The queen dresses Snow White in rags, in a vain and jealous attempt to conceal the fair maiden’s beauty. (It doesn’t have the desired effect, does it?) Clearly, Snow White’s inner beauty shines through. The mirror replies, “Rags cannot hide her gentle grace”.

What would you ask if you could gaze into a magic mirror? Would your insecurities or your vanity lead you to ask outward-appearance questions that you think will define you? 

"Am I beautiful? Am I the best? Am I the fairest one of all?" 

We enter dangerous territory when our thoughts and desires become centered on acquiring or maintaining physical beauty and finding pride, self-edification, and value when we are recognized or measured well for it. Soon we’re comparing ourselves against others and wondering if we measure up. Before long, we’re consumed with jealousy and unfairly judging others. Another woman walks by us and we think, “I look better than HER, don’t I?” The world conditions us toward envy and vanity, holding up unfair expectations and false definitions of what beauty is.

The mirror defines the fair maiden as “white as snow”. Her outward appearance? Perhaps on one level, but on a much deeper level, the mirror really speaks of Snow White’s inner qualities, her purity, and her "gentle grace". These define the fair maiden enough that she is named for it. Snow White.

The Lord declares that we, too, are snow-white! It’s true. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18) Though we are stained blood-red by our sin - our ugliness within - God’s forgiveness in Christ cleanses us completely! Jesus’ blood shed for us at the cross miraculously, fully, and freely purifies you and me. Once impure and tainted by our own vain and jealous thoughts, words, and actions, we are washed clean and made pure in Christ. White as snow. Pure. Holy. Snow White.

Let me ask you again: what would you ask if you could gaze into the proverbial magic mirror? Maybe the questions you would ask run much deeper than those which beg the question concerning physical appearance. 

“Am I loved? Am I noticed? Am I valued?” 

The answer is a resounding YES! (And you don't need a make-believe magic mirror to tell you this! You'll find the answer in the very real Word of God!) 

Your value is found in your true identity in Christ; it’s found in your name: Child of God (1 John 3:1). As a child of the King of kings, a daughter of the heavenly Father, you are a real PRINCESS. You are loved by Him; you are found and rescued by Him (see the previous post); you are so valuable, He says you are precious in His sight! (1 Peter 2:4) Neither value nor true beauty is found in the fa├žade.

When we gaze into a mirror, what does our reflection reveal about beauty – TRUE beauty? Is it impacted by the make-up we put on? Or is there something incomparably better that we “put on”, only by God’s power at work in us? Inner qualities that reveal true beauty and gentle grace?

Colossians 3:12-14: “Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

By the Holy Spirits’ leading, the question we can ask as we gaze into our real mirror each day is simply, “How and where can I reflect Your image today, Jesus?” HE is the fairest One of all! He has a perfectly compassionate heart; He is completely kind, humble, meek and patient; He perfectly forgives and He IS love! 

And we are being remade in His likeness (Eph. 4:24), “Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, [we] are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV) 

And that is BEAUTIFUL!!

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