The walls were taller than I could see and the ceiling, if it was a ceiling, seemed to be a far off galaxy. Both behind and in front of me, the walls stretched on and on. I walked along trying to make out what was on the walls, squinting, straining, but the view stayed blurry. Light seemed to bounce off the walls, sometimes showing the path clearly and other times I could only faintly see where to take the next step. I’d go slowly then, careful to not stumble, which seemed to work out ok as the path felt smooth and easy.
From time to time the wall was lit by bright lights and beautiful colors strong enough to light up the brier ditch between the walls and the path. Then the light that bounced off would die and I was surrounded again by dusk. Other times the light seemed garish and harsh and strangely, fell to darkness before that ditch could be seen.
Maybe to really see I’d need to get closer to the wall but that meant I’d have to leave the smooth, easy path and cross through the briers.
I wanted to see detail. I needed to understand. I yearned to know more about those walls. Why did they sometimes glimmer and other times feel dangerous? Maybe I could jump over the ditch. I needed to go. I was afraid to go. I could get scratched, wounded, harmed in that brier patch. But staying on the smooth, easy path was making me uneasy, making me feel cheated, lost, unfulfilled, and empty. I had to go. I couldn’t go.
Was that Mother’s voice? Yes, now I could see her. She was on the other side of the ditch.
“I need……” she said, but her voice trailed off in the breeze.
How could I stay where it was safe and easy when she needed help? I would go. As I left the center of the smooth path and got closer to the brier patch it was clear I couldn’t jump it. I’d have to place my feet carefully. Slowly, wincing at the sting when a brier would scratch, I made my way through, until Mother reached towards me and pulled on my arm and I forced my way through the edge of the patch.
My legs were scratched, a drop of blood here and there but I’d made it. Finally, I was close enough to see. This world was lined with mirrors, not walls. As Mother stood in front of her mirror, there were brief piercings of light and every now and then flashes of colorful flowers and birds and music, but mostly clouds of sadness and fear and pain blocked the light.
I walked on and at the next mirror found Daddy. His mirror reflected blue sky, high mountain peaks, beautiful valleys and the sound of heavenly choirs singing. I could feel the joy and peace flowing from the mirror, swirling around Daddy. He smiled.
I didn’t want to go on. I would stay and bask in the light of his mirror.
“This is my mirror. You have your own journey.” He said. “Only you can take it, but don’t forget what I taught you.”
Tears in my eyes, a lump in my throat, yet excited for the adventure, I kept walking. Each step I took drew me to other mirrors. Friends, jobs, bosses, co-workers, family that kept multiplying, roommates, lovers; each had a mirror that was unique. Years went by as I worked different jobs, lived in different places. Sometimes there were dark clouds of pain and self-doubt in my mirror and from time to time a great light broke through and a celestial peace and joy swirled around me. I learned I could not fashion my mirror for anyone else, nor could I force another’s mirror to reflect anything except the truth of their own choices.
Eventually my journey led me back to Mother’s mirror. Hers was now alone, as Daddy was gone. She needed me, so I stayed. The reflection of my mirror often clashed with hers. Her mirror pulled at me, drew me into its gaze, threatened to drown me; its tug strong as it pulled against the force of my resistance.
No, I wouldn’t go. I would not embrace her dark clouds. I’d worked hard to rest in the truth of my mirror. I’d learned the ceiling to this life was that unknown galaxy where the Creator of this world of mirrors waits for each of us. I would keep my eyes on Him who is author and finisher of our faith.
Resolved, I faced that I could love her but I couldn’t fix her. All I could do was let the light of my mirror shine and pray she would make the right choice.