Proverbs 29:1 “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing”.
Mirrors are every household essential, commonly used for grooming before anyone leaves the house. They are also used to accentuate the space to make a room appear brighter; feel open and airy. Mirrors are known for reflecting images of objects within its angle, they do not show things that could be there without them. Like for instance a vehicle, will have side view mirrors that help a driver see images behind, sideways, and outside the drivers’ marginal vision; as well as the rear-view mirror that reflects objects behind the vehicle. The driver ensures they adjusts them to get enough exposure suiting his/her height and seat position. And ensures a good upkeep to averts hurdles on the journey. The cleaner and functional the mirrors are, the clearer the vision of the images are reproduced.
How we emotionally and mentally treat ourselves, is reflected on how we connect with others. The relationships we have with others, be it romantically, business, family, or friends, will mirror our internal energies, whether positive or negative. Negativity often leads to uncertainty of continuing with relationships. Depending on how the individuals feel, some are likely to simply end it, while some will excitedly wake up to hope and reconcile.
Reconciliation means starting over, instilling positive mindset in a person. A positive individual radiates positive energy, that solidify the relations they have with other individuals. The more they give their absolute best in what they do, with love, the more they receive abundant unexpected opportunities. Elevating them to higher steps of growth in all or some areas of their lives. That is why some couples age together until death, Businesses thrive, Families support each other, And friends stand by each other. Love becomes contagious intently to revive hope in hopelessness.
Relationships are systems, like in business. A success in the business is measured by its intended outcomes. That originate from identified inputs/investments, and the processing that communicates how the investment is used to meet the concrete results. If there is any chaos in the flow, results are likely unacceptable, resulting to deterioration in business cycle, negatively affecting other segments in the Law of Oneness (livelihood of humans, animals, or the environment). Hence some countries get affected by economic decline, rating them negatively in doing business, exposing their weaken governance structures.
Pharaoh the king, governing over all the land of Egypt. Accountable for the wellbeing of all in Egypt and working with his seconds-in-command (wiseman, officers, sorcerers, magicians, taskmasters and foremen). We are shown how the livelihood of humans, animals and land was well managed by Joseph, before and during the famine (Genesis 41:41-56; Genesis 47: 13-25). And how he reaffirmed that trading during famine, does not decline the economic growth of Egypt. Positive leadership roles were portraited by Pharaoh under the guidance of Joseph, the second in command, enabling other nations to trade well with Egypt.
“I will harden his heart”.
Pharaohs’ successor, the self-impeached king
Leaders has advisors, and honest advisors are mirrors reflecting the truth, to ensure the management of any operation becomes a success. It is possible that those in authority can be blinded by their positions and ignores any advice (Exodus 5:15-16). Additionally, leadership can be weakened when the assistance, are as blind as their masters. Like Pharaoh’s magicians, used their secrete arts to perform miracles with intentions to humiliate, discourage, and dishearten Moses and the Israelites to doubt God. In their blindness they incited Pharoah’s stubbornness, as he was taking pride by demeaning God. Blindly he never realised that his hardened heart was slowly crippling the business systems negatively impacting on the economy of Egypt. One plague was enough to negatively affect other parts of systems’ framework in the economy.
For instance, “Water turned into blood”. Water is a source of life in the ecosystem that needs to be conserved, to feed on other systems. Fishing industry was crushed (and the fish in the Nile dies, and the Nile stank… Exodus 7:21), and nourishment of humanity was affected (and all the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink water from the Nile. Exodus 7:24).
IT NEVER ENDS WELL, BUT IT CAN.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”.
Inflexibility is like slowly submerging us into our graves. It slowly builds our egos and infuse our outlooks to bitterness, grudge, or jealousy but quick to build fears, anxiety, and doubts. And we are all not immune or sheltered from Karma to not take its place, as its purpose is to transform us not to harm us. However, our pride blinds us to our hurtful downfall (Exodus 14: 28 “The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained”).
Could Pharoah, have freely released the Israelites right when negotiations commenced? Was he so hard-headed, that he did not observe the damages he was leaving behind? Could he not have turned back when he saw the Israelites crossing the Red sea. Was that not enough for Pharaoh to surrender and go back home to face the consequences of his choices? Could it be that he realised very late the wreckage he caused in Egypt? Could it be that the loss of his son, shamble of Egypt fuelled so much bitterness, jealousy, and pride to rather self-dethrone in the Red sea than to be judged? Was he that much hurt and saw no hope but to rather die in the Red sea?
I believe that God loves us enough to show us that all those negative behaviours that Pharaoh had, are behaviours that we have and can transform. As you are in motion of moving forward, you can only see of what you leave behind from your side view and your rear-view mirrors. Even what is coming your way from behind to alert you and prepare you on how you can navigate safely. Images from behind will appear as close and clear for you to humble yourself and start to rebuild yourself. Mirrors are those who stand by you, support you and motivate you. They are your truth teller send by God to warn you and show you your mistakes. We fight them and crush them and choose to rather journey with damaged or misplaced mirrors, because they are afraid to kill our pride. It is easy to stick with those who will tell us lies, as they avoid awakening our fiery temper. While we continue exposing others to unsafe conditions causing more damages and destroying relationships.
A pride is a choice we take, we choose to cowardly run away than to redeem ourselves. We choose to rather fake our outlooks than to plead for mercy and unmask. But we can choose to be proud of ourselves when we step into our transformation journey and be the best versions we can be.
It starts with me.
May God Bless Us All