This evening as I stood with Genevieve at the bathroom sink I looked up to see her stretching her little neck all the way up so that she could see her reflection in the mirror. When she finally got a glimpse of herself, Genevieve’s face lit up and her little cheeks puffed out as she smiled one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.
In that moment I realized that she was seeing herself as God created her- breathtakingly beautiful and in His image. She was seeing herself as God sees her, as His perfect creation. She is fearfully and wonderfully made and she is His.
My soul cried out to the Lord, there at the mirror, that as Genevieve grows older she would always be able to look at herself and know the joy that comes from being a child of God. I pray that she would not look at herself and see imperfections, but that she would instead see one who has been created by God. He formed her and she is His workmanship.
We can all learn a little something from Genevieve tonight. Next time you look into the mirror, smile. And know that you are God’s beloved.