Flipping through Facebook last Saturday night, I saw where a friend of mine had “tagged” me in a picture. There, for all the Facebook world to see, was a very unflattering, side-profile picture of me. It was such an unattractive angle. (Note to self: go "un-tag" yourself). And I really don't want to post that photo, but for the sake of emphasis, here goes:
Ugh! I was immediately drawn to all the things about which I cringe when I see pictures of myself--my overbite, my weak
lack of a chin, the gray hairs around my temple, and my
are-you-sure-this-isn’t-a-man neck and shoulders. We
are all our own worst critic, aren’t we?
And let me just say here--I really do realize that no one on Facebook is studying me very much, if at all.
But in looking at that picture and realizing how ridiculously hard on myself I am, I also realized that if God could take a snapshot at my heart right this second, the self-inflicted criticisms when I saw that photo would be even worse. I mean, if a 'soul' photograph revealed all my hidden faults---yuck! I would have to look away! The judgmental-ism, the what-about-me attitude, the lack of sympathy for those in different places than me--the list could sadly go on and on.
I don't think any of us would want to see what would come out that dark room.
I am so grateful that when God looks on my heart and soul He sees me for who I CAN be, not just for who I am today. And I am so thankful that He can and has, with two nail-scarred hands, wiped clean this sinful heart of mine.
It means that no matter what angle He's holding His camera, I will always end up looking good.
"God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7