In this Short Story a girl with a troubled past searches for a treasure she dreamed of but couldn’t see – genuine beauty. Going to all her friends and relatives to seek the truth, she was none the wiser for they kept changing their minds. She extended her search to her neighbours and townsfolk but still drew a blank. Eventually deciding to travel the world in search of her dream, a wise old man gave her a very valuable hand mirror with some sage advice – to use the mirror every day. In a special moment when she looked in the mirror, she realised she had indeed seen genuine beauty – in herself. She later learned that the mirror could not only show reality about herself, but it could be used for the benefit of others.
This story represents the lifetime search many of us conduct to find beauty, reality and truth. How many times the things of our childhood, or at least our past mess with the reality of who we are? We simply need a reliable reference point on which to compare ourselves with the world around us. The girl’s mirror did that for her. The truth was there all the time – she just needed to see it properly! Not all appreciated the reality they saw, however.
The story is a Christian parable too in that a man who seemed to know it all helped her see reality.
If Jesus is who He says He is and did that which He is claimed to have done, then His perfection is a solid measurement upon which we can use to compare ourselves. Indeed, this very conclusion is the result of my life’s findings following decades of my research, analysis, testing, questioning and faith.