by Pastor Mark Jordan
“As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects one person to another.” (Proverbs 27:19, CEB)
Oooh, I love this Proverb! It reminds me of that scene in “The Lion King” (the same one we used in 10am worship back in July) where Simba was able to see the near forgotten reflection of his father in in the water. The advice of Rafiki was to “look harder” and see himself through the reflection of his father.
Today’s Proverb gives us some interesting insight that the reflections of our hearts help us connect with others. We are able to see glimpses of what people are like via the connection between one’s eyes to another’s face, but it is the connections of the heart that show us the essence of the person; by that I mean honesty, authenticity, and integrity.
Jesus knew this to be true. We read in John 14:9, in conversation with the disciple Philip, that the Lord said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” The point Jesus made, is His heart reflects one person to another; in this case, God the Father to the disciple. Beautiful, isn’t it?
We have a responsibility to do this for others, too. Jesus talked about letting our individual lights shine to point people to God, when in reality, we aren’t sources of light at all! No, in fact, all we can do is reflect God’s light to others.
I hope you will consider this today when you come face-to-face with others. Some you’ll like, some you’ll love, some you’ll tolerate, some will be indifferent, and some you won’t like at all. Don’t let those personal interactions keep you from reflecting your heart to others…the heart of God!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me and sharing your heart with me. I want my light to shine for you, and realize this can only happen when I am reflecting your reality through my thoughts, words, and deeds. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.