The tidewater reflecting the coastal mountains and sky on Indian Beach was so beautiful the day we visited in the summer of 2015. The characteristics of the trees on the hillside and the clouds in the air were mirrored there in the surf. Water often functions as a looking glass, emulating what is above it.
“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.” Proverbs 27:19.
In the same way, my heart reflects who I really am. In other words, my external behavior is not an accurate gauge of my character. I can act one way on the outside, and feel entirely different on the inside. But, the thoughts of my heart reveal the truth. Only my conscience and God know the real truth about me. And that is a humbling thought!
I may be able to fake it with other people, but I can never fake it with God and myself. Hopefully that’s enough to motivate me to act in a way in which I can live with myself and live in the light of God’s smile.
That surely doesn’t mean I never sin or make mistakes. But it does mean that I try to live in a way that brings God pleasure, and when I don’t, I ask His forgiveness as soon as possible. If I’ve wronged another person, I must ask their forgiveness also. By living in a way that keeps this at the forefront of my mind, I am able to live victoriously and abundantly through the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Just as this tidewater accurately portrays what is above it, I want my heart to accurately reflect who I am in Christ- with His attributes and characteristics shining forth, bringing glory to God and encouragement to others. I can’t do this on my own, but by yielding to Him every single day, hopefully I become more like Him moment by moment.