Sometimes we look to people around us to reflect back to us something of who we are.
We are relational creatures by nature. To do so, I don’t think, is wrong, but actually a God-ordained way of being.
I think the people around us, are the ones who hold some degree of power to reflect back some of the truth of who we are.
But I think one of the effects of this is that sometimes people will reflect back to us something that is inaccurate.
It doesn’t matter why. It’s just, inaccurate.
And when that happens we become positioned in a way that is I guess, kind of vulnerable.
But I think it’s not that space we need to seek to avoid.
It’s more that in those moments we need a face to turn towards who won’t reflect something back to us that is warped.
“Wake up to your light;
Wake up to our Father.”
(From Te Ao Marama)
I can’t help but think how waking up to our own light, our own goodness,
Or perhaps seeing our own light, our own goodness
is in some way also synonymous with waking up to our Father.
Waking up to our Father, the presence of our Father, is not a rude awakening.
It is not the kind of situation where we are jolted out of some pleasant dream and plunged into something that is in contrast, mean and unkind.
That is just simply not who he is.
“I am the GOOD Shepherd”
If we are wondering if our rude awakening experiences somehow speak to the kind of Father we have, and subsequently, who WE are – perhaps we need to check again where our eyes have become fixed.
Have we really been looking at him? Or have they shifted gaze towards something else? Perhaps towards the marred reflection we see in someone’s response to us..
People don’t always reflect our light back accurately. We’re all marred by our own hurts, with steely defenses that sometimes hurt others, too.
But, God? He doesn’t have those defenses. His nature is intrinsically love. When we look to him, when we awake to him, will be offered something true.
“The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.”
Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I’ve come from and where I go next. You don’t know where I’m from or where I’m headed. You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that.”
John 8:13-16 MSG