Proverbs 29:1 “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing”.
Mirrors are essential in every household, 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 their angle, they do not show things that could be there without them. For instance, a vehicle will have side-view mirrors that help a driver see images behind, sideways, and outside the driver’s marginal vision; as well as a rear-view mirror that reflects objects behind the vehicle. The driver ensures they adjust them to get enough exposure suiting his/her height and seat position. And ensures good upkeep to avert hurdles on the journey. The cleaner and more functional the mirrors are, the clearer the vision of the images is reproduced.
How we emotionally and mentally treat ourselves is reflected in 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 in 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 a positive mindset in a person. A positive individual radiates positive energy, which solidifies 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. Success in the business is measured by its intended outcomes. That originates 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 in deterioration in the 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 weak governance structures.
Pharaoh the king, governing over all the land of Egypt. Accountable for the well-being of all in Egypt and working with his second-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 a 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”.
Pharaoh’s successor, the self-impeached king
Leaders have 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 ignore any advice (Exodus 5:15-16). Additionally, leadership can be weakened when the assistants are as blind as their masters. Like Pharaoh magicians, used their secret arts to perform miracles with the intention 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 in demeaning God. Blindly he never realized that his hardened heart was slowly crippling the business systems negatively impacting the economy of Egypt. One plague was enough to negatively affect other parts of the 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. The fishing industry was crushed (and the fish in the Nile dies, and the Nile stank… Exodus 7:21), and the 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 slowly submerges us into our graves. It slowly builds our egos and infuses our outlooks to bitterness, grudges, or jealousy but is 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 damage 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 realized extremely late the wreckage he caused in Egypt? Could it be that the loss of his son, a shamble of Egypt fueled so much bitterness, jealousy, and pride to rather self-dethrone in the Red sea than being 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 behaviors that Pharaoh had, are behaviors that we have and can transform. As you are in motion moving forward, you can only see 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 sent by God to warn you and show you your mistakes. We fight them, crush them, and choose to 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 damage and destroying relationships.
Pride is a choice we make; we choose to cowardly run away than redeem ourselves. We choose to 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