Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Power of Reflection

Last weekend the Lord showed me a picture of how I am to view the trials through which He's brought me. I saw Him standing before me, to my right, and in the midst of His Body was a large rectangular mirror in the reflection of which I saw the triumph and victory He'd just accomplished in my life. Without ever turning around I reviewed the trials and testing I'd gone through, with JOY, delight, and awe.

Then Holy Spirit told me Abba never wants us to "look back"; rather, we literally are to "reflect" on what has come to pass in our lives and what He's taught us, by looking forward at Jesus. He explained that there is a significant difference between looking back and reflecting... something I've never specifically considered.

I thought about Jesus urging us to "remember Lot's wife." (Luke 17:32). When we look behind, we literally turn away from the new direction God has established in us. We change direction entirely and take our eyes off of Jesus to focus on what we see and interpret through our own eyes, instead of looking ahead at the Savior and reflecting on the victory He's accomplished, absorbing its testimony by His definitions, through His eyes. Those components are critically important, since we can't trust our own interpretations - ever.

God is amazing.

Seeing the Lord carrying me JOYFULLY on His shoulders through the mirror of His Body (which reflected truthfully the circumstances and victory surrounding the trial through which I'd come) positively impacted my emotions.  It reinforced the testimony coming out of the trial which He intends me to proclaim from the rooftops when His timing for it comes forth.

He'll do the same for you, beloved.

I pray we always remember never to turn away to "look back" at our trials; rather, as the scripture says, we are ever to look ahead unto Jesus Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). In the safety of His Body resides peaceful and powerful reflection of the accurate, everlasting, righteous testimony established on our behalf by Almighty God.



"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)