A while ago, I was able to watch the movie, “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Though I cannot give a fully positive recommendation of the movie, a few lines in it got me thinking: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Now, of course we know what the mirror says, “Why you, of course, you, O Queen, are the fairest of them all” (sarcastic paraphrase). It is true that the queen was beautiful to look upon, but her beauty did not come from within, it literally came from sucking the youth out of women seemingly less “fair” than her. There is a deeper truth that the mirror did not dare reveal, that the queen was the most ugly and bereft woman the world had ever known, with a heart that was rotten and decomposing within her chest. She never asked the mirror to tell the whole truth, and had no desire to hear the truth; she only wanted to hear that the temporal and artificial beauty she possessed was superior to that of anyone else. Her beauty profited her nothing, since it could not save her, and she always was haunted by the fear of another woman being fairer than she; there is no possibility for happiness or contentment in that picture.
The inconvenient truth is that so many women – and men – ask their mirrors the same question, but their mirrors are randomly selective in their feedback, giving positive answers to some and negative answers to others. There are some individuals who relish in the positive feedback of “love” and “encouragement” they receive from their artificial mirrors, causing them to think more highly of themselves than they ought to think, which, in turn, causes them to place the concerns of others far below their own. But then there are those who listen to their artificial mirrors tell them that they will never be good enough and that their value can only be gained through giving their hearts away. This is a terrible tragedy that the world is witness to every day; there are queens who rejoice and slaves who tremble, but both of them lose in the end.
Ultimately, it comes down to a choice. Each individual must choose to either listen to their mirror tell lies or they can find a new mirror that will not hesitate to tell them the truth that would set them free from being a slave… or from being a decomposing queen. When a Mirror tells the truth, slaves and queens are revealed for who they truly are; they are both slaves in need of an answer deeper than the world’s mirror can provide.
Now, here is how the story should have gone:
The Slave Queen stepped up to the magic mirror and asked, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”
The Mirror replied; “I AM… The Great I AM is the fairest of them all.”
The Queen was confused and a bit irate, never expecting that answer, but the Mirror continued before she could reply.
“Have you ever thought, O fair daughter, that the projection you see has been created by your own mind, and that your reflection is something else entirely? Well, I will tell you the truth: you will never be as beautiful (or ugly) as the “reflection” you see, because you can only see who you truly are apart from me. If you would only close your eyes to the stereotyped expectations and pressures to appear attractive, then you will see who you truly are… but will you see eternal beauty or a wasted body that is decaying in death?
“The One Who is Fairest should be the mirror that you look to, because He will only show you who you are: lost or found, seeking or wasting, living or dying. And you cannot look into His mirror once, because He continuously shows you how you change, for better or worse. However, He is the only One who can change you into the perfect image of Him, where you too can serve as a mirror of Himself; the Great I AM, Jesus Christ, the Fairest of Them All. Look to His life, His sacrifice, and His resurrection to find who you are and who you can be through His grace and mercy.
“Looking in the world’s mirror, you are able to see that you fight a losing battle against time and gravity, but if you look at Jesus Christ, you would be able to see that your fight has already been won. Give up your petty pride, self-love, and destructive pursuit of beauty, and trust that His blood will cleanse your imperfections, heal your scars, and give you a beauty that is everlasting; formed and shaped by the hands of a faithful and loving Potter.”
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in his deed. James 1:23-25
Then said Jesus to His disciples, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life will lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake will find it. For what is a man profited, if he will gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels and then He will reward every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:24-27
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; we all are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:11-14
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