THE BROKEN MIRROR
By: Pauline Lee
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Sasha walked into my clinic with her face held down, hair uncombed and hanging loosely across her face and shoulders. The twenty-something year old looked somewhat detached and oblivious to my presence in the room. But her supermodel frame slithering down the runway glistened in more ways than one. Baring, gleaming shoulders, legs and all, plus a gifted posture of elegance was to die for. As her counsellor, I could not help but notice her individuality and visibly obnoxious character.
Sasha sat in front of me with a slight groan, shredding my confidence to pieces of micro mini remnants.
"Can you remove your sunglasses please?" I asked gently.
She reluctantly pulled them off her face, revealing her perfect Caucasian features with minimal makeup and a healthy glowing tan embodied by the most immaculate skin, except for a small unnoticeable scar above her left eye.
"What are you staring at?" she waged an expression of fiery temper.
I looked away immediately and sighed. This was going to be a difficult day ahead, I told myself. The first ten minutes was just a surge of tension and unanswered questions. Each time I asked a question, she returned silence. But my heart kept praying.
Then I locked my attention on her scar. I realise this person was so engrossed with a minor defect, something most people would not even catch with a glance and this led her to live her life in anger, isolation and loss of self-esteem. Then I began to tell her a story. Forget about the questions, I mocked myself. If I could not get her to talk, I'd get her to listen.
It was the story of the The Broken Mirror.
This story brought us to the scene of an 18-year old teenage girl. The girl was breathtakingly intelligent, straight As, something every student would envy at that age. She was physically gifted with a flawless complexion, skin as fair as an ice maiden, the voice of an earth angel and nightingale in one, the disposition of grace and elegance. What more can one ask?
Her name is Adele. God saw Adele and His eyes watched over her day and night. But God was disappointed with Adele. She was full of pride. She had few friends. One day, God decided to challenge Adele to a feat that would change her life forever. Like the life of Job in the Holy Bible, God allowed the devil to remove one of Adele's most precious asset - her beauty.
Adele was struck with a lightning of skin disorders at the age of 20. The experience alarmingly disfigured her with permanent scars. The mirror became her worst enemy. Everyday she would avoid close encounters with friends because she felt ashamed. It became a disastrous nightmare and it affected her so much that she drew into a reclusive nature, became very ill, and even cursed every mirror she lay her eyes on. But God saw Adele's heart and recognised her problem. He knew that Adele was not beyond help.
Adele started to seek medical attention but nothing seemed to take effect. God came to Adele and spoke to her as would a parent to a child. He comforted her each time she suffered in the agony of her disease.
"Why wouldn't God heal her if He loves her so much?" Sasha asked. I was astonished for a moment. The girl that seemed dumb stricken just responded as would a curious child.
"Yes, God loves Adele very very much but Adele could not see beyond her physical need. She could not accept her weakness. It was her pride," I replied.
But the story did not stop there. Through the years, Adele changed. Yes, she started to realise that the weakness would remain to humble her. It was a thorn in her flesh, as according to Paul in the Bible. Her personal walk with God reaped a beautiful relationship of trust and obey. Adele grew in her character to a beautiful swan, always gracious, always giving, always loving, always joyful. You would not imagine God to go to such extent to bring us down to earth. But He did with Adele.
As the story concluded, there were droplets of tears on Sasha's face. Sasha never knew God. But the story of "The Broken Mirror" brought her face to face with her mountain that God would consider a valley.
There are bound to be many valleys in our lives that we consider as mountains too high for God to intervene.
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