KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | January 2017

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

By Chantal Klingbeil

In 1887 Ellen White was traveling by train in Europe. There were no high-speed express trains, which meant long travel times with plenty of waiting. In Dusseldorf, Germany, she had to change trains. The next train would not arrive for two hours, so she waited in the women’s waiting room. Here Ellen White found plenty to do as she watched the other women. 

Women swept into the waiting room in their long skirts and multiple petticoats and immediately headed for the large full-length mirror. Off would came the shawl or outer wrap the women wore, the women checked their hair to see that every hair was in place and just the right curls were peeking out from their hats or bonnets. Then they turned to the left and then to the right, and finally turned with their backs to the mirror and tried to look over their shoulder to see that their dress was sitting perfectly. 

When they were happy with their hair and dress, they started on their faces. Carefully they wiped any smudges or soot dust that the smoky train ride may have left on their face. Then they touched up with powder. This all took a while, yet the women seemed to be in no hurry, and only left when they were satisfied that they looked their best. 

As Ellen White watched the women in front of the big mirror she was reminded of God’s law, which is like a great mirror we can use to discover any smudges we have in our characters. While many of us spend plenty of time in front of the mirror to be sure that we look our best, we often don’t think of what God sees in our hearts. If all of us looked into God’s mirror as often as we look in our bathroom mirrors, and were open to let God show us what He sees in us, we would be willing to let Him change our faulty traits and habits. 

As Ellen White noted: “God help us to take care of the inward adorning; to set the heart in order as carefully as we arrange the outward apparel,” (Review and Herald, Oct. 11, 1887).