While hiking around a lake I was entranced with the reflections of the water. It seemed that there was every shade of blue. The light on the water was just right to see amazing reflections. The lake pictured here is Mirror Lake named for its reflection. What a treat to see the view of the mountains and sky twice! Had the scenery been less remarkable, the reflection would not have been as stunning.
Our verse for today likens the reflection of water to the way the heart of man reflects who he is. It seems a very obvious statement. But there are so many things that muddy the waters and distort that reflection. One is distracted by a polished image. Add a suit and tie, a classy car, and a smooth tongue and assumptions are made as to the character of a man. A practiced smile and impeccable manners can go a long way to misrepresent the state of our hearts. But eventually, in those quiet moments when the water is still, the true image of our heart surfaces. And it is not so pretty.
My heart is just as desperately wicked as described in Jeremiah 17:9. I am often deceived into thinking that I am really a pretty good person. But that is deception. I continually need His grace and forgiveness for all the hidden sins. The image I project to the world is lost on the Lord! He sees every ugly thought in my heart. The amazing thing is that He loves me anyway. He waits for me to turn my heart to Him for cleansing. He is always faithful to do it! When He does, His image in me is beautiful!