Mrs. Kravitz – an iconic TV character from the TV show “Bewitched” – was a frequent nickname given to my college roommate’s boyfriend (now husband). Tim* was constantly spying on others, just like the fictional Gladys Kravitz. While my roommate Patricia* and I were sprawled out on our twin beds studying or talking late into the night, Tim would often be crouching in our closet because he claimed to be able to hear everything going on in our neighboring roommate’s quarters. I can’t count the number of times Tim would be sitting across from me in a restaurant booth and I would notice, in the middle of telling a riveting story, that he had no idea what I was saying. He was concentrating on everything being said in the booth behind us. He loved to go places just to people- watch, and when I took over his apartment lease when he and Patricia got married, he called me into the kitchen to show me that if I stood on my tiptoes at the corner of the window, I could see straight into the downstairs apartment across the parking lot.
Tim had an unquenchable curiosity about life. If you take away the sugar coating, that means he was nosy. I can’t, though, pretend to be completely innocent in his shenanigans. He often wove an interesting yarn with the info he procured, and I relished the tales.
I had the privilege of spending time with my old friends over the holidays, and reminiscing brought Tim’s prying eyes and ears into focus. Well first, I had a really good giggle about it all since we are WAY too mature and sophisticated for any of that business NOW. But just the same, I’m glad there are no flies on the wall when I hang out with them. What I realized, though, is that I want to be a Mrs. Kravitz. I want to take the intense curiosity Tim applied to spying on neighbors and strangers and apply it to my study of Jesus Christ – with one major difference. Whereas Tim snooped simply to satisfy his own inquisitiveness about people, I am seeking more than knowledge of Jesus. I want to know Him better so that I can be more like Him. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB AS IN A MIRROR! That is how transformed I want to be.
I want to talk to Him and listen to Him more intently. Only then will I sound more like Him. I want to spend more time reading His word. Only then will my words be His. I want to observe Him through His deeds and the testimony of others. Only then will I be able to quickly recognize Him. AS IN A MIRROR! Oh Lord, may it be so.
*All names changed to protect the not-so-innocent