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Who is THAT? By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Psalm 139:14

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)

While perusing through the supermarket, I saw the most adorable sight. A baby, no more than 13 months, was catching his reflection for the very first time. He moved his hand and found that the person in the mirror was doing the same thing. I watched for what seemed like minutes as the child grew from curious to absolutely delighted at what he saw.

Then I thought about me. I thought about how often I didn’t see what god saw in me, so I tried to wipe it out of my mind. I thought about times when I tried to wipe away the reflection and hide what I thought were wrong images of me. I grew more emotional as I thought about the times God, like a loving Father, moved my hands as I tried to cover my eyes to avert what I saw. We do that so many times, don’t we? We are told over and over how unworthy we are, and how unattractive the pain and sorrow of our pasts have made us. But God doesn’t see us this way! He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us. That death brought a new mirror. We no longer had to see ourselves through the lens of the past! We no longer had a marred vision of who we truly were! We can now see exactly who we are! That is not always easy.

Perhaps you are like that baby, looking in the mirror and saying, “who is that?” God’s love completed the work and He now moves your hands away and allows you to truly see who you are. And you are beautiful! You are wonderful! And you are worth it. Today, look at yourself. Know that you are not yet who you are becoming, but you also are not who you were. And that is a beautiful thing…

-Modernday Lazurus


Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.