And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. ~Ps 17:15
Immediately I longed for those words "I will see your face". Can you imagine seeing the face of God? As I look at the chair on the other side of this table, could I imagine God in it? Could I imagine seeing the face of God in my husband who always sits in it? Can I see God in the face of my never satisfied teenager, or the stranger in line at the grocery store with me? Can I see the face of God in the beauty of this white blanket on the ground outside that brings the cold I so dislike?
If we want to see the face of God, we I must look for it...everywhere. How is it going to happen? Clearly it requires righteousness (ie: doing the right thing). Though we can not be perfect, a life striving to be holy, to live according to God's commands in the scripture will enable us to see His face, in creation, in the people around us, even in our circumstances. Our first beautiful heavenly promise in this scripture: a guarantee to see His Holiness by living according to His standards.
So now I ask, what is your routine when you crawl out of bed each morning? I was out of my Advil PM so my night was a little bit restless. Lots of dreams, one in which I was eating the most heavenly Moon Pie-this is obviously related to my diet and lack of sugar in it-I am not a Moon Pie fan so to speak, but in my dream it was the best chocolate marsh mellow treat ever! Anyway, I couldn't sleep so at 0530 I crawled out of bed, went to the bathroom, brushed my teeth (groaning at my morning hair in the mirror) and then God brought me to this verse I posted. Why do I share this now?
When I meditated on the second part of this verse...
"...when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness."
...of course I thought about what I had seen in the mirror this morning. What did you see in the mirror this morning? Did you see His likeness? Did I?
For years I avoided mirrors. I hated the things I had done, the things I had become. It took some training to once again look in a mirror and reflect on the real me-not my hair, not my weight, not the age spots....me. It took conditioning to see myself as Christ sees me and now not a morning, afternoon, or evening goes by without looking into a mirror and asking..."what did God see in you today?"
On one eternal day we will look into a mirror and see His likeness...finally...purely...holy. Until then, we have to continue to condition our self for that moment. The second promise we have in this piece of scripture: the eternal promise of seeing His likeness reflected in and through us.
Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. ~ Ps 43:3
BTW, I have been to the store and now have my Advil PM ready if needed so I will have no more "diet nightmares".
P.S. I recommend "Behind Those Eyes" by Lisa Whittle if you ever had a "mirror" problem like me. Transformational book!