The Mask We Wear
How many of us walked around prior to the mandatory wearing of physical masks, and have been walking around with an invisible mask? I know I have and still do at times.
manner or expression that hides one's true character or feelings; a pretense.
There are days I walk around with a smile on my face, pretending that everything's A OKAY! I find a lot of those days are Sundays. I get up, do my hair, dress up, the one day of the week I will put on mascara, grab my bible and off to church we go, as a family. I love going to church, however, the pretense that my family is in a good place, reading the Bible everyday, my husband and I have the perfect relationship, oh yeah and that my kids are perfect. They are obedient and walk with the Lord. FALSE!! That mask of a smile, hand holding and carrying a bible makes me a hypocrite. Don’t get me wrong, I love love going to church. I love love love reading God’s word. I love my husband deeply. I love my children with every ounce of my being and in today’s world, they are pretty good kids.
I try to think back of how long I’ve been wearing this invisible mask. It’s been so long, I can’t remember when it started. There are days I can truly remove the mask. It’s not part of my wardrobe for the day. I know that part of the reason I often find myself wearing a mask is because my spirit is not walking with Jesus. The days that I get up, start my day in scripture, with the Grace of God and His unconditional love I am able to remove the mask for that day.
There are other ways society wear masks when they become addicted to gambling, drinking, drugs and sex to name a few. When society chooses this path of destruction, they are hiding (masked) behind these addictions that numbs the pain. The only way we can truly rip off the masks is to have a relationship with God. God sent his Son Jesus, who was born of God and man to take our sins away. We are all familiar with the verse from John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”) Tim Tebow wore this verse on his eye black. Being familiar with the verse and understanding its meaning are two different things. We are familiar with many things in life, sometimes too familiar with the unimportant things, social media trends, athletes who sign contracts to what team, newest music album for your favorite artist. Oh yeah, and making sure you post the best picture of yourself, with the correct lighting, outfit, etc (masks). I can take this a step further and say, we are beyond familiar with these things. In fact today’s society is over familiar and obsessed with these things putting these things ahead of God. As recorded in Exodus 20:3 (“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”) When you look at the world and the current condition it is in and the craze of social media, what non-Christians (Non-Believers), even some Christians (Believers), clearly are putting other gods before our Heavenly Father.
In order for us to take off the mask we use to stop hiding behind the hurt, pain, disappoint, anger, fear, loneliness and whatever may cause us to put on this invisible mask, we need to seek God, ask for redemption, which is free! Free can you believe it??!! We do not deserve this freedom. Thankfully we have a Father in Heaven who loves us so much, he feels our hurt and wants to take away the pain and suffering in our lives. Do you want that? Do you want to have the guarantee of eternal life? Do you want have the Spirit of the Comforter to live inside of you (John 14:16 And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”) You see when we come before the cross of Jesus, we confess ourselves to be sinners, we can humbly ask Jesus into our hearts (1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) Oh what joy that can and will bring to our lives, (John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full).
Everytime I go out to the store or a restaurant, I put my mask on and I do not like it, I don’t always understand. Right now I don’t have control over whether or not I have to wear a mask. What I do know is that I have control over the invisible mask I wear. Today, I vow to strive harder to remove my invisible mask and carry within the great Comforter that abides in me.