I’ve taken some advice I used with others making their way towards change, women working to steady their lives after losing their footing.
I remember suggesting,
“Look in the mirror, you’ll know how you’re doing. You’ll see if you’re changing.”
“The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.”
Proverbs 15:30 ESV
I see the signs of aging, the crinkly look of already used tissue paper is the texture of the skin on my neck.
My nose is wide, not graceful or balanced below my eyes.
My lashes are short and somehow my actual eyes appear tiny.
This was the observation early morning after sleep not coming and my frustration over it.
I’m one who needs my sleep and very well knows it. I woke up to the problem when I got up close and peered into the bathroom mirror.
I remember just days ago an acquaintance and I talking about not recognizing each other after a few years because of the mandatory mask.
The old friend disagreed, told me he’d recognize my eyes anywhere, that they are very intense.
I wonder how it can be when age and life it seems are dulling their blueness so rapidly.
No amount of wrinkle cream or remedy seem to make a difference.
The difference is deeper, it’s the soul of me I am learning.
Two days after fixating on the size of my nose I visited the early morning mirror and now, it’s daily. I compare me to that sad selfie I won’t be sharing, thank you, as a tool to assess what I believe.
Beauty is born in the soul. Clarity and hope will not shine through if the source of them both is sought outside the place that inhabits God in us.
To be honest, it’s the approaching sixtieth that has me accepting my appearance and racing to catch up with time wasted not caring about my health or caring too much obsessively towards harm.
So, Monday has me focused on what I know now and what I’m doing that is good.
Because I can’t circle back on life’s walk and erase unhealthy choices. I can’t run ahead and anticipate or offset dreadful aging.
I can live today.
Begin again every morning knowing God keeps no records of wrongs only watches and nudges us toward learning.
I can look in the mirror and marvel over its honest reflection. I can be happy over my current condition trusting my eyes will tell me what is different as well as what choices I make that need to be different.
God is with me.
All the way. Good things are coming with brave choices and gentle faith in myself as I wait.
As He waits for me not to undo my past or catch up, just to join alongside Him.
“So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.”
Isaiah 30:18 NLT
Want to know the condition of your soul?
Look into your morning mirror first thing and then continue.
Continue and believe.
It is well.
It is well with my soul.