The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.~Esther 8:16 KJV
I love science experiments, especially when they have spiritual significance. Doing so helps me with my looking into the mirrors of God.
Info.glass.com defines an infinity mirror as two mirrors “positioned parallel or nearly parallel to each other. This construction creates a series of increasingly smaller reflections that seemingly retreat to what appears to be infinity.”
We can build an infinity mirror by holding a mirror that faces another mirror. I held a hand mirror and aimed it at my bathroom mirror. When we look closely at the larger mirror’s reflection, we will notice the cascading images of mirrors reflected in the hand-held mirror that stretch to infinity. Although someone may not see our hand-held mirror, the proof of its existence rests in its many reflected images in the larger mirror.
Beyond the fun and decorative ideas infinity mirrors create, they remind me of a profound spiritual principle we find in the book of Esther. Like the infinity mirror, the book of Esther reflects God over and over, even though His name is not mentioned in the ten chapters. The absence caused many of the early canonical leaders to dismiss the book as unworthy of being included in the Bible. However, its pages, like the facing mirrors, infinitely reflect the evidence of God’s presence and His work behind the scenes to empower Queen Esther to save her people, the Jews.
Esther lived in the chaotic Persian world of surging emotions, rampant deceit, and immorality. Inept leaders broke the dams of intelligence and wisdom, as the ancient Persian administration brought the powerful nation to the brink of collapse. Confusion reigned, but God led Esther with sure steps as she walked the tightrope of court intrigue.
Esther saw God in her life’s mirror in many ways. He provided a guardian and mentor, her beloved cousin Mordecai, to guide her in godly ways. God also allowed circumstances to sweep Esther into the king’s presence and cause him to choose her as queen. When Haman, the wicked right-hand advisor, plotted to kill the Jews, Esther’s position enabled her to persuade the king to authorize additional laws to save her people.
Many other mirrors of spiritual analogy line the halls of Esther’s palace with powerful messages applicable to us today.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.~Philippians 1:6 KJV
Reading Esther’s story through the perspective of an infinity mirror, we see God’s care repeatedly. He does the same for His children today. We may not hear God audibly or see Him physically. No one may even mention His name in counseling or conversation. But He guides His children’s lives as He promised, enabling us to fulfill His purpose.
The infinity mirror reminds us of God’s evidence in our lives when we think His absence looms. Can you tilt your life at such an angle that you see reflections of God’s grace and goodness repeatedly?
How does the infinity mirror remind you of God’s presence in your life?
Father God, help me to look for cascading reflections of Your love, guidance, and grace in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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