“That’s a terrible picture of me, please delete it.” How many times have you heard someone make that kind of a comment after seeing themselves in a photo. We’ve probably all said something like that at some point. My wife showed me a picture of myself sitting on a love seat by my daughter and the ugliness I saw from being overweight pushed me to do something about it. I lost the weight and felt better and the photos taken after that didn’t bother me.
What I have found to be true is that God in heaven takes pictures of us. Not only does God take pictures of us, but He shows them to us and there are no filters, just accurate depictions of who we really are. Recently God showed me a picture of myself and all I wanted God to do was get rid of it. The picture was a close up shot of my selfishness, pride, and indifference. When Jesus asked Peter at a sea-side breakfast after Peter denied the Lord and after the resurrection, that was Jesus showing Peter a photo of himself.
John 21:15-17 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, [son] of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, [son] of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, [son] of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
Peter saw the truth about himself and that was, he really didn’t love the Lord like he so proudly proclaimed before the other disciples. When God shows you a true unfiltered picture of yourself, you see what God sees, you see what’s real, you see and are humbled by the Lord. The only way to get rid of ugly pictures of yourself is through prayer and repentance.
Only God sees who you really are and He delights in taking re-takes that show the new you.