He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11.
Why do we wear them–masks? Why do we carry on this charade of disguising our true selves–its deceptive…it’s a lie? Who are we really fooling…anyone or just ourselves? When did we start all this hiding?
THE GARDEN! Just after that fateful bite, sin entered the world and Adam and Eve’s eyes were open. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. Genesis 3:3. They saw their broken–cracked, crippled, damaged, defective, fractured, fragmented, shattered–selves. There was no way to hide it from God, yet they tried. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9. Then he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:10. We can’t fault them, because when we put on our mask we are doing the same thing–hiding.
When Adam and Eve choose to break away from God they set the course for all future generations. Their’s no perfect person or family–it’s a myth. We are all descendants of Adam and Eve. Therefore, we all come into this world broken. This shouldn’t be a surprise to us, however, we still feel the need to put forth a perfect image for the world around us. In hopes of gaining their approval and admiration, so as not to receive their rejection. The only approval we need seek is our Heavenly Father.
Our mask hides our true selves. Nobody gets to see or know who we really are. Nobody gets to see all the broken shards of our life. Nobody gets to see how God uses our brokenness to bless another. God transforms our defeats into an offering–gift–to help another wounded soul. Could it be pride that holds of back? A dependence on self rather than the Creator of the created.Could it be what we really lack is Humility?
Yes, this can get messy, but we are messy. We are messy, broken, defective beings and that my friend is right where God wants us to be. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3. We can never be enough, do enough, work enough and when we come to understand that…GOD CAN USE US. When we can recognize just how broken–bankrupt– we are, then we understand just how much we need a Savior. We become dependent on Him which is right where God wants us to be.
God heals our wounds. “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds” Psalm 147:3. He uses those scars for good and enables us to live out the plans He wrote for each one of us long ago. Our brokenness allows us to show compassion and invest in the lives of the brokenhearted around us.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
Beauty for ashes.
Count blessings, Kasey