As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart. – Proverbs 27:19
I’m not going to lie; this verse immediately makes me want to break out in that song from Mulan.
When will my reflection show, who I am inside?
Maybe that’s just me.
All silliness aside, this proverb hits hard and fast. It stings when I meditate upon its truth. We’re all aware of how water works, how it reflects our face when we look into it. This proverb is telling us that our hearts, our internal nature, truly shows us who we are.
This is bad news for any of us who like to put on a façade around our friends and coworkers, showing off our good attributes instead of admitting our struggles, the actual conditions of our hearts.
This concealment of my heart condition is most prominently seen in my prayer life, sadly enough. I catch myself all the time in my prayer journal lessening the blow of my actual heart condition, hiding my frustrations or hurts from the Lord in exchange for what I think the right Christian response is to my circumstances or situation.
This practice of hiding ourselves from the Lord has been happening since the fall into sin in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve hid in the garden, and our nature has been to hide ever since. I implore you, brother or sister in Christ, to do the hard work of checking the status of your heart and bringing that to the Lord.
David was immensely good at this practice, or at least he sang about it a lot in the book of Psalms. David asked God to search his heart, to know his heart, and to lead him into a greater awareness of his grievous ways so that he could deal with these aspects of his character and walk in the way everlasting.
Your true self is revealed in the dark and hidden corners of your heart. Ask the Lord to come in and do a work in your heart.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask those closest to you ‘how’s your heart?’
Father God, search me, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Nathan Roach