This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “hide.”
“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.” (Luke 8:16 NLT)
It can be tempting to hide – to hide our thoughts and opinions, to hide our feelings behind a smile, to hide our true selves.
We worry that people will think us strange, or that we’ll be judged. We feel different, and that no-one will understand. We fear that we’re not good enough.
But, if we follow Jesus, we have his light, and he calls us to shine.
He doesn’t fill us with this light so that we can hide it, but so that we can share it with others. And each of us is unique. Each of us is called to do that in a different way. We may be different from others, but that is how we were created to be, and if we hide, others miss out.
I know how hard it can be when you’ve been hurt – when you’ve spoken up or stood out or shared yourself and known rejection. Coming out of hiding is not easy, and it may take time, but what if you let others see even a glimpse of the light you carry today?