Into the Light
By Denise Schmeer
Have you ever had one of those “life moments” when everywhere you turn, around every corner, you keep running into the very thing you are trying to avoid? Well, welcome to my world! That is how it has been lately for me and secrets. And not just my secrets . . . other people’s secrets too. So, I asked God, “What is so bad about a secret or two?”
And why do we even have secrets . . . or keep secrets? I’m not talking about the “it’s a surprise birthday party” type secret. I’m talking about the secrets we are afraid of sharing with others – our friends, our family, our co-workers.
Perhaps it some bad or sad news and we are silent in an effort to protect. Or how about something foolish or even dangerous we did as a teenager or young adult? Maybe our marriage is struggling and we don’t want to hear the “I told you so” from our parents. How about a caregiver who is more interested in her iPhone than in the patient down the hall and we see it, but say nothing? Or the promise we made to our spouse to quit smoking (or_________ fill in the blank), but continue to sneak that cigarette? Maybe our finances are in ruin and we are ashamed to ask for help . . . another secret?
Are we hiding these things from God? Not likely . . . He knows everything. So, from who are we hiding and why? What is our fear? Whom are we protecting? And why? Is there anything God cannot forgive if we are truly sorry – turn away from these things and look to Him for answers?
Now, I’m not suggesting we raise the roof and shout to the world about our “secret” or broadcast in today’s format of “everything on Facebook.” No, what I am suggesting is we need look no further than God for forgiveness, direction and wisdom. Nothing hidden in the dark can be healed. No secret kept can protect us from Satan. On the contrary, the Father of Lies wants us to keep our secrets, keep us in the dark and away from the healing Light of Jesus.
We overcome the darkness, we overcome the power of secrets, by the Word of our testimony. So, I ask you today to search your heart and see what is hidden. What is God calling you to bring out to Him, into the Light to be healed and made whole again?
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)