This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “secret.”
Can you keep a secret?
I can. In fact, I’m pretty good.
People seem to sense this sometimes.
“Don’t tell anyone this, but…”
“I shouldn’t really say this, but…”
Somehow they seem to know that I won’t tell. I once had my boss at work tell me that a friend of mine had been appointed to a job in the organisation saying, “Don’t tell anyone. Don’t even tell her!”
It’s a privilege that people trust me, that they feel they can open up. I know how hard it can be to carry a secret around, and I know the freedom that comes from letting it out and sharing it with someone. I always want to provide a safe place where people can do that.
But I also know how heavy a burden bearing someone else’s secret can be. If I’m the only one who knows, I feel responsible. I want to help and I want to fix it, but the truth is, often I can’t.
I can listen and I can love, but I don’t have the answers.
So by all means, tell me your secrets, but don’t tell only me. Let me point you to someone greater:
- Someone who already knows all the secrets.
- Someone whose love never fails no matter what those secrets are.
- Someone who will not only listen and care, but who has wisdom for the way ahead.
- Someone who has the power to heal and to lift the burden you are carrying.
“O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.”
(Psalm 62:8 NLT)
Your secrets are safe with him!