In just a few days our doorbells will ring and we will open our doors to witches, monsters, football players, and princesses. Giggles from behind their masks…we hear the words, ‘trick of treat’. After they have received their treat we return to our comfortable chair only to hear the doorbell ring yet again. It’s always fun to see the costumes, the creativity and what’s ‘in or out’ for a particular year.
As the kids get older the costumes become less creative and the costumes are not so elaborate. For you see, for the older kids, it’s all about the candy. Yet they try, they make the effort to pull together some kind of disguise, but you can usually recognize them.
Our masks are even more invisible to the outside world, and yet we all wear them, don’t we? What mask will you wear today? Sometimes we wear our ‘happy’ mask that hides the pain of a broken heart. Sometimes we wear that ‘It’s ok – no really it’s ok’ mask when really deep inside it’s not. Sometimes we wear our ‘don’t you feel so sorry for me?’ mask when we are searching for sympathy and pity. And sometimes we wear our ‘leave me alone’ mask…..enough said.
I don’t think that Jesus ever wore a mask. He revealed all of himself to us. He opened up to us and stood vulnerable under the weight of a cross. No mask, nothing to hide. Let’s leave the disguises to the little ‘trick or treaters’ and let the power of his love help us to shatter our masks.
Today I’m wearing my content to be quietly at home and writing mask. Except it’s not really a mask, it’s more of one of the many hats we all wear. I like it when the mask, or hat, is peaceful and takes me through the hours with ease.
I hear ya…..
Sadly modern society encourages the wearing of masks. We’re told to behave a certain way at interviews for jobs. To look and feel confident and assertive. Many Organisations train their top executives and directors how to face a camera and give an interview and not answer the questions directly. I could go on …
Yet … when we get to meet our Creator face to face … no mask will hide from Him who we truly are.
Great post Andie … many thanx. God bless.
You are so right, Victor. There are many things in this world that are contrary to the Gospels, don’t you think? Reminds me of…..’we are in the world, not of the world’.
Good post Andie! And oh, those masks, I don’t like them on others and I can’t stand them on myself! It’s a stripping away process in us,isn’t it?
Also, as to whether we ever had any $ leftover. on your comment on my blog today. Probably not, but always plenty and often more than enough!!
Thanks Sonja, yes, it is a process and I think it probably takes a lifetime! In terms of your post….always plenty and more than enough is far better than leftover cash.
It’s a real gift to have someone who is willing to listen and be there for you, especially in those tough moments. It’s also a real gift to have someone who is willing to share what’s going on in his / her life. In these moments, no mask is necessary. As you said, nothing to hide. I am grateful to have some people with whom I don’t need to wear any invisible mask. In those exchanges, we lift up each other. I am even more grateful to have the Lord who listens and shares with me.