My husband recently underwent cataract surgery and we were reminded of an older ‘funny’ that had made the rounds years ago.
It seems there was a woman who was having great difficulty in seeing so her doctor recommended she undergo cataract surgery. The surgery went well but when the woman returned for her final clearance, she appeared greately troubled.
“Doctor,” she said. “I think you have made a great error doing this surgery.”
“And why is that?” He replied. “According to our findings you vision is now 20/20.”
“That’s just it,” the woman said. “Now when I look in the mirror I am faced with an old woman with many wrinkles and lines, where before I didn’t realize that I was so old!”
Today’s reading with Hebrews 1: 1-3–God, who at portions and in many ways spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets hath in these last days spoken unto us in Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the ages. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express representation of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
The disciples recognized Jesus as being something special but they missed just HOW special he really was for quite some time. After some time with him they began to see his brightness and how he upheld the word. Eventually, they came to see how he would be sitting at the right hand of God on high and even how he came to purge our sins…but did they ever clearly understand the representation of his substance?
I don’t think so. Had they recognized they had God among them, I think many of the recorded instances of their interaction with Jesus and the various leaders and people they met would have been quite different. Can you imagine being in God’s presence?
I can’t. How could they have managed to get their head around the fact that God was among them in two different manifestations at the same time? What’s more, he could see them clearly with all the wrinkles, tempers, pride, confusion, disbelief, and attitudes that we all share.
Yet, He was determined to do for us exactly what He had created us for…to commune with Him in perfection. When we loused that all up by embracing the sin of disobedience in our eagerness thinking that ‘we’ deserved to know good and evil, God had to find another way.
Thankfully, God wanted us wrinkles and all and provided that for us!
Take time to look in the mirror and see yourself for what you are. Then embrace that. You are exactly who God created and He loves you as you are. All He asks is that you recognize that He can vanish all those wrinkles better than an cream ever sold once you admit that you are a sinner. Jesus came so that we can accept that we will never measure up but that He could! And His death enabled us to now commune with God in the harmony of the reflection of God’s perfection. What joy to know that God loves us THAT much!