As a rule, I never place anything on top of my Bibles.
I don’t believe I was ever told or taught not to do this, but for some reason I just don’t.
I believe my reason may be my small way of reverencing God’s word.
But the other day while cleaning, I inadvertently for just a moment placed a compact mirror on top of my bible.
As I reached to remove the mirror the thought occurred to me regarding its visual significance.
I saw two mirrors – one for natural/physical reflection and one for spiritual.
I was reminded of the times as a child when I held up a mirror behind my head, only to see multiple reflections.
It was like looking into the twilight zone’s version of parallel worlds, or seeing multiple versions of a painter’s self-portrait. I would try to count the number of images I could see.
As I removed the compact mirror, I thought of its use.
We use the mirror to check our reflection, and if we notice something wrong, we address it.
Most people wash their face, brush their teeth and comb their hair while looking into a mirror.
I thought about the Bible and how the words contained within its pages has the ability to show us what is inside of us.
As I read the Bible, I see that I am not clean, that my deeds can be dark and that my thoughts and actions often wrong.
We inherited this trait from Adam; it came with birth.
“There is none righteous, no not one.”
I can try and be a good boy and I do, but in the end, my righteousness is as a filthy rag.”
When I look into that Bible mirror, I see that I have a huge log in my eye that prevents me from seeing the splinter in another man’s eye.
I see that I don’t really have time to work on anyone else, because as the words of that old song states, “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me oh Lord standing in the need of prayer.”
There is a passage in the Bible that makes a correlation between both the mirror and the Bible.
The passage details the improper use of both mirrors by stating, “It is like a man who looks into a mirror, sees his reflection and realizes that something is wrong, but walks away without taking action.”
That’s where the two worlds collide. I am to use the mirror to make myself presentable to man, and I am to use the Bible to make myself presentable to God
That’s why there were so many reflections, because I believe I am supposed to constantly reflect upon those reflections.
What was it the songwriter said?
“I’m looking at the man in the mirror, I’m begging him to change his ways, If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.”