Friday, December 17, 2010
It's as plain as the nose on your face!
Recently, I was trying to explain to one of my children, the error of her ways. She did not seem to understand the point that I was trying to make and in frustration I said, "Why can't you understand this? It is as plain on the nose on your face!"
And then it hit me - she can't see the nose on her face! At least, she can't see her nose without looking in a mirror. At that moment, I realized that I am my children's mirror.
My beautiful daughter had a wart on her nose. It was quite evident to anyone who saw her, but she herself had no idea that it was there. I had seen it growing for quite some time, but because it was on her nose, I assumed that she would see it and take care of it herself. Instead, it just kept growing. It wasn't until it grew big and ugly that I decided to intervene. I told her about her wart, but I didn't do it gently or lovingly. I merely said, "why don't you do something about that ugly thing? You can't leave it there - it repulses everyone who sees it!" She reacted with disbelief. "I don't have a wart. I don't know what you are talking about!" And then came my frustrated response - "What do you mean you can't see it, it is as plain as the nose on your face!"
In that instant, I had complete clarity of thought. You can't see your own nose. Try it! Look down, look sideways, look cross-eyed. You won't see your own nose, much less anything as uncomely as a wart. And yet, your nose and everything on it will be perfectly obvious to everyone else. In that moment, I realized that in order to see our nose, we need a mirror. What is obvious to everyone else, requires reflection in order for us to see it clearly.
As I stood looking at my daughter, I saw that she needed me to be her mirror. She needed me to gently lead her to her refection and say, "honey, you have a wart that is growing on your nose. I know some ways to make it smaller and eventually clear it up. The sooner we start treating it, the sooner you will have your clear, beautiful complexion back." I had expected the impossible. I had expected my daughter to see something that, to her, was invisible. I had not only expected her to see it, but then to treat it, without proper training.
As I regrouped and gently led my daughter to her reflection, God gently led me to mine. As I read His word, I began to see warts on my nose. Not just one wart, but many. Some were small and easily treatable, but some had been growing for a long time. They were plain to everyone around me, but I had no idea they were there. They were as plain as the nose on my face, yet I had never seen them. I needed my loving Father to gently lead me to my reflection and then teach me how to treat the ugly growths on my face.
Now, as I see people walking around with huge warts on their nose, I realize that they have no idea that they are there. I see, that although my warts are obvious to them, they are unable to see their own. I see that maybe your nose isn't so plain after all.