What are you hiding?
Anger. Shame. Guilt. These dark feelings make you want to hide. They make you want to cradle them in the dark where no one can see them and judge you for them. If you can just stuff them into a sunless corner, they’ll go away before anyone knows they were even there. Cover it with a smile. That’s what good Christians do, right?
What are you afraid of?
Our dark feelings scare us. We know they aren’t the faith, hope, and love we’re supposed to cling to. They sure aren’t the fruit that shows how full of the Spirit we are. In other words, good Christians don’t have them. And so we hide them. We huddle with them in the dark and pretend because nobody would understand.
Who could understand?
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5
Despite what your fears tell you, it isn’t the Light who doesn’t understand your darkness. He knows it better than you ever could. It’s the darkness you’re hiding that doesn’t understand. If the darkness really understood the Light, it wouldn’t be afraid. You are hiding yourself from the cure you desperately need because you’re afraid your Doctor will be confused by your symptoms. But you don’t have to hide anymore. You can step away from your darkness and be healed.
What are you waiting for?
but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Jesus isn’t waiting for you to be perfect before He’ll invite you to walk with Him. It is only by walking with Him that you could ever be made perfect. He will do the work. He HAS done the work. Admit to your fear, and He will replace it with faith. Show Him your anger, and He can heal your relationships. Stop covering your sadness, so He can show you joy. Come out of the moldy basement of your heart and let the warm sunshine make you new.
Are you ready to shine?
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
The really beautiful thing about walking with the Light is that eventually, you can reflect that Light as well. As He makes you whole, you can shine before the world, glorifying God the Father and showing them what can be theirs for the asking.
Accepting His gift of grace and healing allows you to offer it to others. I don’t know about you, but I think our world could use a whole lot more of that. Are you with me? Let’s shine together!