I glanced at a Facebook post by Jeff Foster at a stoplight this morning. When I saw his question it set me to thinking. He wrote (I’m paraphrasing) Without using memory or looking in a reflective surface, what does your face look like in this moment? He went on to say, you went to memory didn’t you?!
As the light changed and I began to drive, I wondered what DOES my face look like? What is my face? And I wondered about what the “face of God” would look like. If we are the image and likeness of God, wouldn’t it stand to reason that my face and yours would look like the face of God? In fact, wouldn’t everything around me be the face of God?
And thats what dawned on me. This is exactly what the face of God looks like, it looks like everything I see. And so that is my face too. When I look in the eyes of another, what do I see there? Myself reflected back at me? My thoughts, opinions, love, judgments, fears? And isn’t that true about everything around me as well?
When I see an undeveloped lot in my neighborhood with weeds growing on it, do I see a lack of beauty? Does it bring up displeasure, distraction, and disdain? Or do I see beautiful little flowers peeking through growth, and life abundantly pushing its way to the sky reaching for the sun and drinking in soft rain showers? In other words, beauty.
What about seeing photos of malnourished children living in squalor due to war and drought? Do I see corrupt and greedy governments? Do I see violence and hatred? Or do I see innocence? Not just in the children, but in the whole of society and the world. Do I see people who are innocently behaving in the only way they know how? People who are fearful and therefore angry? People who are afraid and therefore weak and oppressed?
Do I see with humility or with arrogance? Love or fear? And which “seeing” will bless and which will harm?
I don’t know what my face looks like in this moment. But I love contemplating the question. What about you? What does your face look like without looking in a mirror or consulting memory? What do you see?