By Linda Veath Cox

Wrinkles and gray hair (or no hair at all)? Fat cheeks or a big nose? Crooked teeth?

How about someone who is worried? Or just yelled at their spouse or children? Someone who hasn’t been to church in a long time? Or even thinks God can’t forgive them for what they’ve done?

When we look in the mirror, we are looking through human, worldly eyes. And what we see often disappoints us.



When we see wrinkles and gray hair, God sees the child He created in His image and smiles at our uniqueness.

When we see worry or fear in our eyes, God sees His provision for us through His perfect plan for our lives.

When we see the tears of hurt and loss, God sees His comfort and love healing and strengthening us to face the challenges that lie ahead.

When we see bitterness and anger, He sees our struggles and gives us His love and His promises to free us from the prison in which we find ourselves.

When we see our sins as unforgivable, He sees the blood of Jesus Christ washing away all our sins.

When we see a cracked and broken life, He sees the masterpiece He is creating so that the light of His love can shine brightly through the cracks, transforming us into His image.

So the next time you see your reflection in a looking glass and start to feel disappointed, think about how God is seeing you in His looking glass.

He sees a child worth sending His Son to the cross to die for. And that truth should bring us to our knees in thanksgiving and praise to Him.

Linda Veath Cox is a regular contributor to DivineDetour. She recently retired after twenty-five years as a district office secretary for the State of Illinois. Her first loves are studying the Bible and reading, but she occasionally tries her hand at writing. Her work is published in All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa (Thomas Nelson),The One-Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), Life Lessons from Grandparents (Write Integrity), Love Is a Verb (a devotional from Bethany House), and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That. She lives in a small town in the Midwest with the “Bone Mafia,” her two indoor/outdoor mutts.