WHERE DO we find truth? We might wave our arms, shout, and make lots of noise to avoid the truth. This can go on for years, a lifetime even.
Some construct entire civilizations — or even destroy them — to hide from the truth. Build an alternate reality if you want to. Anything’s possible in this game of cat and mouse.
What if you turn the tables? What if you let go of fear?
In your inner life, in your heart of hearts — that’s where truth lives. In those secret places, where nobody else sees, that’s where truth can be found.
Does it frighten you to look there, in those hidden corners? What might be lurking in the darkness?
You already know, don’t you? Deep down, we all know the truth about ourselves.
We might look at it only for a second. We might pretend it’s not there. But your heart knows. Your soul knows.
Many go to the grave holding on tight to their secrets.
I say break free. Whatever’s in the corner, let’s shine a bright light in there. Yes, take a good look at it. Do not be afraid. Take courage.
What do I keep hidden there? Will it destroy me if it escapes? Then it already has.
We might tolerate deep suffering and pain to keep the truth from coming out. And it slowly eats away at us inside.
I can only live one life, not two. There is no such thing as a double life, only divided ones. And if I slice myself into parts, what then?
What if I go all in for the truth? What if I unleash the brilliant light, the light of God, to finally confront those dark corners?
Instead of self-inflicted slavery, what if I invoke the cleansing fire of the Spirit to burn away the demons that haunt me?
Whatever comes out of your confession to the Lord is liberation. Let him make your rough places smooth again.
He will tell you, don’t be afraid. Just let in a little light at first. Then keep going forward, bit by bit. Don’t turn back. Hold your ground.
Trust in the Lord. Believe in his goodness. He is with you every step of the way.
It’s not about exposing you to shame — but rather being healed by God’s mercy. Shaming is cheap, and the devil does it to you all day if you let him.
So let the sun rise instead. Let there be light. And know that it is good.
Like the wounds of Christ, our history leaves a permanent mark. It was painful sometimes. Blood was spilled. But instead of a sore wound open forever, something else happened.
The broken flesh healed and fresh scars appeared. The body came to life again. And despite the suffering and pain, God’s peace came to us in the resurrected Man.
The beginning of your story has already been written. So where do you go from here?
Acknowledge the darkness — but don’t let it drive you into a corner. Go in secret to seek the Lord… and let him heal those secret places.
Cry out for the light of the Lord.
And get ready for something completely new.
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But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
For many, tomorrow marks the beginning of Lent. It’s a great opportunity to explore those places where we might need a bit more of the light of the Lord. Take advantage of this season and prepare. The Resurrection awaits you!
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