I remember a lesson where a teacher told us she has something very wonderful inside the box. It was a beautiful, invaluable treasure and she would share it each with us one at a time. She passed the box around and I watched as each girl opened the box. Some laughed, some were shocked and some rolled their eyes but I eagerly awaited my turn. As I held the box my mind raced with what could be so valuable, so precious, so beautiful… As I lifted the box there was a mirror reflecting my image back at me. I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed. I guess my mind had expected diamonds and rubies.
Why do mirrors cause such mixed emotions in us? Why is it hard to view the reflection with the same awe and wonder of a beautiful edifice? Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?
Rosemary Wixom shared, “Looking out through a window, not just into a mirror, allows us to see ourselves as His.”
Why would a window provide a better medium for truly seeing our true identity?
I feel like this is one of those questions that will keep filtering in new insights and information but these are initially what came to me.
First, windows let in light. Who is the greatest Light? There are also scriptures that promise us… ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before others… windows allow light to pass through… being divine means we shine and let light pass through us.
Second, when I look at windows I see plants, trees, flowers, animals, and many other of God’s beautiful creations. Just like the beautiful plants, animals, and hills I too am one of His creations. God is perfect and His creations reflect that perfection. When I look out a window and ponder how I am part of those wonderful things I too can be filled with gratitude.
I know that my nature is divine. It’s something I struggle with fully grasping day in and day out. But as I see all the windows that surround me daily… maybe I can take this sign and allow God’s light to shine on me and help me remember who I really am.
Thomas S Monson declared, “Windows are wonderful. They serve as a frame on which we might focus our attention. They provide a glimpse of God’s creations. The azure blue sky, the billowy, white clouds, the verdant green forest all are as framed pictures in the memory of the mind. Windows also reveal the approach of a friend, a gathering storm, a magnificent sunset—even the passing parade of life.
Windows welcome light to our lives and bring joy to our souls. The absence of windows, such as in dark prison cells, shuts out the world. Deprived of light, the depression of darkness encompasses us.”
I love our prophets insights about Windows… and I am grateful Dave was able to lead me to his talk too… I thought I must edit this post to include this too…
Discovering the Divinity Within