In the Image


“Where’s your cat, No-no?” Blank faces. Sneaky faces. No-no is the name of our cat who is later found in the refrigerator’s fresh fruit drawer. Picture the image. A cold cat—but a live one. Perhaps . . . in the nick of time.

Me and twin sister Sharon. Double trouble. Besides placing our cat in the refrigerator, there are other facts to establish this truth:

  • Toilet clogged with diapers. Picture the image.

  • On the run—opposite directions—in the grocery store. Picture the image.

  • Mud pies in our Easy-bake-oven. A mess. Picture the image.

  • Hidden in the basement. Everyone’s frantic. Calls are made. Picture the image.

  • Science fair volcano project—created in mom’s new cookware. Picture the image.

You get the picture.

As twins we bear a resemblance . . . a similarity. We were born together—born in the same likeness. As toddlers, even sharing a twin language only speech therapy sessions could dissipate.

Although we differ in some ways, we are twins—alike in more than appearances. We are both pastor’s wives. We share common likes and dislikes—in music, food, ministry, life values, and spiritual truths.

There are many “me-too” moments. The same night-time dream. Same thought. Same comment to our mother. Same experience . . . at close proximity.

There are great things about being a twin. As children, always having a partner in crime, someone to talk with, and someone to play with. There are the not-so-great things. Always called by your sister’s name, always being compared, and always being known as “Karen and Sharon” instead of just simply Karen or Sharon.

We bear a similar image. We are created in the image of God. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

We are born in the same likeness. “Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Colossians 1:15

We bear the image of God. The image of Christ. Born to become like Him. Not just in appearances. Sharing common likes and dislikes. Bearing the image of Jesus. Having experiences with Christ . . . at close proximity.

© 2014 by Karen Friday

May 30, 2014 at 12:01 am | Uncategorized

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