In a hurry with my list to complete, I parked at the post office, grabbed my packages and hopped out. Halfway to the entrance two women walked out – with masks on. Ooof. Forgot my face covering.
I returned to the car to get my shield and thought about those masks and how I (sometimes proudly) tease that even some dear and near to me do not know all of me. I’ve kept some of it hidden to be mysterious I say. But sometimes I’ve hidden behind other kinds of masks.
You’ve seen some of them – the mask of success only posting pretty results, the mask of ordering salad eating out, then stopping for French fries or ice cream. The mask of wearing girdles, or all black so I look thinner. The mask of promising myself only 1 piece of chocolate but putting a handful in a dish nearby.
Moses wore a veil for a different reason – to mask the fading of the glory of God from his face. Or wait – is there similarity with his veil and mine?
Mask or Veil – the original word in scripture means to cover or hide.
Because I know God sees all and knows all, how can I even think I can hide anything? I’ve been young, and now am old, and am still learning the depth of difference between sorrow and repentance.
My fluffy temple boldly reveals truth. She’s not been exercising daily (Sorry) She’s not finished that detox, (sorry) Her list is so long…(sorry I put so many things before caring for Your temple, Lord)… sorry, sorry, sorry.
The Israelites were also experienced at repeated sorrow yet resisted change …
2Cor. 3:14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.
Oh Lord, I do not want to become hardened to your voice.
Repentance requires action but I cannot remove the veil on my own.
I read verse 16 again… and light goes on in my heart and head.
2Cor. 3:16 but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
The veil can only be removed by turning to the Lord – in Christ.
Once I submit the issue to the Lord, he gives desire, clarity, and energy to care for His temple. It’s His grace-filled gift of continuing sanctification.
Might you also be hiding something behind a veil or mask? If so, I pray you will turn it over to Christ, the only one who can clear the way to restoring His temple – in your body – and in mine.
Let’s all ask ourselves before God – what can I UN MASK today?