Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall… Is That Really Me At All? By Tracey Mitchell, Tracey Mitchell Ministries Have you ever walked passed a mirror only to gasp at the sight of the image staring back at you? Is that really what I look like? Is that how others see me? How did I end up like this? I’m sure, if David could have seen how he looked living in the desert, his reaction would have been equally as alarming. After all, he had been left alone in a cold, damp cave, living like a fugitive, on the run for crimes he had not even committed. He was isolated from his family, disenfranchised from his calling and falsely accused by his mentor. His image was anything but good.
→As David hid among the tombs and caves, he didn’t envision someone placing an ornate crown upon his head, the giant falling in helpless defeat, or even crowds celebrating his mighty military exploits. These were not the images within his mind… David saw a different image …. Not of himself but the grace and mercy of God. It was during these turbulent times that David found his true identity and the necessary provision for his assignment. It was in his desert season that: 1. David’s finest work was published – David, who wrote the majority of Psalms, did so with a bleeding heart. Remember, the greatest songs ever written came from a desperate and lonely heart, that unforgettable
manuscripts were written from those imprisoned, and the most powerful sermons preached are those you’ve had to live. 2. David’s faithful staff emerged – David, alone and isolated in the wilderness, never sought an alliance but the Word says that one by one mighty men joined themselves to David. They said here is a man who we can follow, a man who understands our pain, a man who is not living in a castle but in a cave. People are drawn by like association. Hurting people don’t care who you are but where have you been? Have you hurt like I hurt? Is there hope for me? 3. David learned rejection by man does not equate rejection by God ‐ From conception to death David was taunted by the heartache of rejection and refusal. He was rejected as a child, mocked by both brethren and king when called upon to destroy Goliath, rejected by his wife, by his mentor Saul, by Nabal, by his own men when they considered stoning him, by neighboring nations, and by his own son, Absalom. David’s strength was in his refusal to accept man’s rejection as God’s. He said, “Though weak, this day, I am still anointed as king.” He understood his calling was not based upon man’s validation.
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Often, it is not while we are at height of our success but rather while in the valley that our true image is revealed. When we see the reflection of our own hearts and the identity that God alone has for our lives can we truthfully answer the question, “Is that really me at all?” Tracey Mitchell Women in Christian Media Dallas/Southwest Connection Director
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