As that sweetness gazes in the mirror, they slowly begin to realize there is someone here with me. The fascination of sitting for long periods of time gazing at the other cute baby who mimics my every move--every expression is boundless. Why else would so many new baby toys have mirrors?
As an amateur student of my fellow man, I believe we are created to be in relationships. At times our brokenness causes an inability to have whole relationships, but the desire for them is proven by the continuous pursuit of some form of interaction--even at times unpleasant. Even an unpleasant encounter is proof of our "being here"--for even a negative response is still a response.
Running this through my brain maze, it dawned upon me that our relationships here on this earth are often a reflection of the relationship between us and God. I am wondering if He is teaching us who He is and how to interact with Him by giving us earthly relationships? From our very first breath, we are seeking comfort and love. In my case, that has never changed. It has taken a L O N G time for it to dawn on me the one faithful source of comfort and love in my life has been God. I have been "Looking in all the wrong places," for most of my life.
As I slight my neighbor, so I slight God. As I ignore the needy, so I ignore God. As I hide in my cave, I try to hide from God. As I lambaste the retailer for not having what I want, I lambaste God for ignoring my wants. As I justify my actions toward others, I justify my sins against God. As I deny my accountability for my actions, I cast all wrong on others before God. I could go on and on--but you get the point. My interactions with those God has placed in my life are often a reflection of how I interact with Him.
I am thankful for the relationships God has placed in my life--past and present. I am thankful for my need for others which is a stark reminder of my need for Him. I am thankful for those who hold me accountable by calling my attention to my failings. I am thankful for the love of others as it reminds me of His great love. I am thankful for the stark reminders of my great need for Him as I seek the warmth of deep relationships.
I am thankful as I gaze at the mirror image of life and my relationships with others that objects in the mirror are always closer than they appear. I am thankful for His close presence.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.