I love this picture because it is gives an awesome visual of the heavy load we tend to carry…the burden that is so great it holds us back, pulls us down, and topples us over. That is the weight of seeing all of life from the reflection of a mirrored soul.
We forget sometimes that the mirror is not real. It is not us. It is only a lighted reflection of what we look like on the outside…it does not carry the glimpse of our soul…our inner true self.
In this time in life when we are being taught to value the external so highly…yes, we are being taught that by social media, by advertising, and by cultural messages…the heaviness of the external can become more than we can bear.
But what if we lighten the load and found time to listen to the voice of God within us? What if we released all that is heavy and overbearing and allowed for the lightness of joy to fill us? What if we gave up trying to externalize what we are not, and found comfort living the inner self?
We were not made to bear burdens larger than we were built for. We were created to reflect the light of God, and not the light of ourselves.
Mirrorless living is wonderful. I can’t tell you if my hair looks right or if I have leftover breakfast in my teeth…but I can tell you that I don’t care much (someone I love will tell me if I need fixing…) and that this sure makes the burden of life lighter.
Jesus said it this way,
Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and i will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)