Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
— Isaiah 41:10, English Standard Version
We often feel the need to hide our brokenness, sin, pain and suffering behind a mask of happiness and perfection.
We conceal our true selves out of fear or self-preservation. The masks we wear become so comfortable and familiar. They become part of us and we would feel naked without them.
During those moments when our guard is down and we remove the mask, we feel vulnerable and exposed, but we are also authentic and raw.
Wearing the mask only perpetuates the pain and loneliness. But when we take the mask off, we open our hearts to the presence of God and to healing, restoration and transformation.
When we summon the courage and remove the mask we feel the presence of God surround and strengthen us.
Peace and love to you. “Soli Deo gloria.” To God alone be the glory.
HEATHER HODGES is a mom, wife, artist, inspirational speaker and follower of Christ. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University in Texas and has been in ministry alongside her husband, Wade, for almost 20 years. They worship with the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas, where Wade Hodges serves a preaching minister, with their sons Caleb and Elijah. See her gallery at heatherhodgesart.com.