As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
Mirror, mirror on the wall . . .
Okay, I confess. I wear make-up every day. Even when I don't plan on leaving the house. It's become as habitual to my daily routine as showering and dressing.
It begins harmlessly enough. I'm not supposed to expose my skin to the sun without applying sunscreen and wearing a hat. Foundation with sunblock? An answered prayer!
Much better than greasy sunscreen lathered on my face!
But, it doesn't stop there.
Let's top off the foundation with some powder to blot the natural oils on my face. A light eye-shadow to brighten the lids. Mascara to lengthen and strengthen those lashes. A hint of color for the lips.
Now, we're talking!
It's not heavy make-up by any means, but it's make-up just the same.
It perks up the face reflected in the mirror. It smooths the skin tone. Softens every blemish.
Well, not every. I can't conceal my hard-earned life lines, those creases of joy around my eyes. It can't erase the shadows of worry furrows knit into my brow.
It cannot stop the march of age. Just deters it momentarily.
Or, so I perceive . . .
I like who I am, how I love, and the way God is growing me.
Somehow, when I take care of my outside, I am reminded of this more intently.
I am more attuned to happenings around me. Less distracted by unwanted intrusions.
More alive in heart and soul and mind.
Primed to give and receive.
As I apply that final pat of powder or linger over a lash, I know these don't change this person looking into the mirror.
God knows this woman behind the facade. Created in His image. Loved beyond measure, make-up or not.
I simply want to enter His presence looking my best.
I don't think He minds if it is what brings me closer to Him. If it reminds me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
That, one glorious day, I will meet Him, face-to-face.
Without make-up. Without needing it. Without wanting it . . .
Are there special things you do each day that make you feel better about yourself and draw you closer to God?
Will you pray with me?
Lord, I truly want to come before you as the unique person You created. I know I don't need make-up, a fancy car, or a mansion to be loved by You. When I look into the mirror, may I see reflected there Your unending love for me, just as I am. Amen.
Psalms 16, 17 or 22
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12