You see your reflection in a mirror, but it not exactly you. It is laterally inverted – the left and right are swapped over. I’m told it can be quite dramatic to compare your real image (i.e. a photograph) with your reflection – they can look like two different people.
In the picture here we see a left side being reflected to make a full face, and the same person’s right side being reflected to make the other image.
Have you ever thought why your image in a mirror is not upside down as well? How does the mirror know which way is up, and not bother changing it!
Paul reckoned, peering into reality, that the best view we have of ourselves is through a mucky mirror – there isn’t really a better one available. It’s an interesting twist on recognising we have blind spots, or, as sneaked into a recent post, that we have planks in the way of what we see that stop us getting the full picture.
Can you live with that? Can you tolerate not knowing everything and not having access to the full picture? In our current social climate, where our rights continue to be stressed, we are kind of encouraged not to have anything denied us.
Following Jesus means not having the full picture, but knowing that God has, and it is enough to trust. In fact, it sets us free. In truth, on the other side of the mirror, God has actually placed the image and reality of Jesus, to whom we are being conformed.
That’ll do for all of us.