One of the most fun parts of the past several months with baby Bethy (who will be a year old in just a few weeks, something that boggles my mind) has been watching her interact with her reflection in a mirror.
At first, she simply saw another baby and would reach for the face, not realizing how that other baby mirrored her own actions. Now, she sees the baby in the mirror and held by the image of her Mommy (me) in the mirror and I can almost see the light bulb over her head click on -
Mirrors aren't the only ways we see reflections of ourselves. Some of the most telling and important reflections of ourselves are the ones we see mirrored in others. Our words, our body language, our smiles or our frowns, our very dispositions can often be seen mirrored in our children, our spouses, our friends, even the stranger on the street.
Those are the reflections that can uplift us the most, like seeing our children intentionally practice kindness and patience with each other using our very own words and expressions.
But those reflections can also cut the deepest, like seeing those same children react in frustration, anger, or despair in the same fashion we do when faced with a challenging situation.
And the word reflection - and it's partner, mirror - remind me of one of my all time fave lines from the Bible, one that I go to again and again and again when my mind simply cannot wrap itself around the unknowns of whatever challenge I face:
"For now we see in a mirror [a]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known." 1 Cor 13:12