Often as human beings when we are struggling physically or just hot emotional messes, we will mask the pain and the truth from others with a fake smile, and an “I’m good” when asked how we are doing. This is often seen in the church as we all gather together to worship our Lord. We like to pretend that everything is fine and dandy because we hate the risk of vulnerability. We often do the same thing with our own Creator. We hide behind a mask or we simply run away from the one who loves us more than anyone could ever love us. As I was thinking on this during my quiet times this week, I reflected on the vulnerability and openness that is needed to keep an intimate and healthy marriage. In marriage you must be honest with one another in sharing struggles and past and current hurts. Just as you cannot have a healthy marriage without out comfortability and vulnerability, you cannot have intimacy with the Lord without those qualities.
John 15:9-10 (MSG), “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.” When I think of being at home, I think of being relaxed, at ease, and being comfortable to be one’s self without fear of judgement. We can and should have that with our Lord. Our God is calling us to draw near to Him and making ourselves at home in His steadfast love for us. He wants us to be real with Him. The Lord is omniscient and omnipresent. He sees the junk drawers of our lives where we stuff our darkest secrets and sins, deepest emotions, and layers of pain. We foolishly think that we can hide from God’s presence like Adam and Eve attempted to do in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:8 (ESV), “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” King David recognized that there was no way to escape God, and that God knows all. Nothing can escape His knowledge, for He already knew it before the beginning of time. Psalm 139:1-4 (ESV), “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” The Lord looked upon our unformed bodies in our mothers’ wombs, and He already know what we would do, think, and say every moment of our lives. Jeremiah 23:24 (ESV), “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.” Our God follows us everywhere, and He is never taken by surprise. He simply desires for us to come to Him and lay down our burdens. He is a caring Father who only desires the best for His children. No hot mess is too chaotic for Him to handle.
One of my favorite songs at the moment is titled Out of Hiding, and it is sung by Bethel music singer Steffany Gretzinger. The song is written from the perspective of our Abba Father talking to us, His beloved children. Here’s a section from the first verse and the chorus: “Come out of hiding. You’re safe here with Me. There’s no need to cover what I already see… (Chorus) ‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love. And I saw it all, still I chose the cross. And you were the one that I was thinking of when I rose from the grave. Now rid of the shackles, my victory’s yours. I tore the veil for you to come close. There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore. You’re not far from home.”
I don’t know about you, but these lyrics hit me straight in the heart. Wow, my Father God loves me so much that despite Him knowing I would be unfaithful, and that I would run from Him, He still endured the cross for me. He did it all for me, a wretched sinner.
He is calling all of us, His children, to come out of our hiding place, remove the masks from our faces, and have Selah rest in His intimate love. He wants us to come before Him with openness, and to make our homes in intimacy with Him.
Father God, I pray for myself and my readers that as we head into the weekend and a new week, we would stop hiding from your presence, and that we would remove our masks. I pray that we would come to you with our hurts and secrets out in the open for we cannot have a healthy and intimate relationship with you without that. Thank you for your unconditional love for us and for allowing us to make our home with you. I cannot comprehend your love for us, your children. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Thank you all for joining me on my blog to hear a piece of my heart. I hope you have a blessed weekend and week resting in the Lord’s love. I will see you all soon.
In Christ’s Love,