I hid because I was told that as a woman I should be strong, because of my name I should walk with my head high, “don’t let anyone define you or hurt you”, my daddy would say. While these words had GOOD intention, in a particular environment they can lead to ones demise. I hid when I hurt, I hid when I cried, I hid because I wanted to demonstrate my strength. You are stronger than this! I would shout to myself. If you show on the exterior your internal position you would be looked down on and worst, talked about. These were my “comfort words”. So I hid my pain, my weakness because of pride and fear with smiles.
The enemy loves it when we are in this hidden place. The place where we are so much in our mind, isolated in our thoughts a ticking time bomb. In this place we hear everything and everyone else but God.
In pursuit of the hidden
I know the chronicles too well of the one that hides in plain sight. The one that smiles on the outside on the inside is screaming for help. The one that says it’s me alone, but is the social butterfly. The one that thinks, is this journey worth it, should I give up and go back. Even as I thought and would say that I am alone in this! I would feel God saying to me, but I am here, you are not alone, never! stop saying that! My comforter is and truly was the Holy Spirit. The hidden life was very hard and dark for me, I literally hurt just thinking about someone else going through that same issue.
No more and no longer as the beloved of God, as his royal priesthood, his chosen generation, hands and foot in the earth, should we allow the hurting to go through physically alone. The same way God pursues and showered on us his grace, unfailing and never-ending love, so too should we to pay it forward. We have to be the heart of Christ in the earth, no condemnation, we all have weaknesses; looking beyond ourself and pursue others intentionally for Christ. It’s time to form relationships with people in church and out of, ones that will strategically cause us to build each other and help each other alone. Our goal is to press toward the mark of Christ together. The word says as each join supplies we grow into that spiritual house of God.
The heart of Christ for the hidden
When we hide out hurt or faults we become open game for the enemy to draw us away. When we embody Gods heart we should be open to help the hidden. As his heart we have to be loving, kind, able to teach, trustworthy, not judgmental, or standoff-ish. The hidden can spot a fake person from off. Ask God to show you who you can help and be intentional about it, as we help build each other.
Scriptures to meditate on:
“The LORD is near to those who have abroken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalms 34:18 NKJV
“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”” John 21:15 NKJV
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Galatians 6:1-3 NLT
“And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.” Mark 5:18-20 NKJV
God has given us everything that pertains to life and Godliness as we go though life circumstances and overcome let’s pay it forward and help other progress, by feeding and helping Gods people; spirit, soul and body.
Love you! How would you help and identify the hurting and be a blessing to them?