Hidden Flaws Exposed

Today, I am going to be transparent.  It is difficult being honest with ourselves and others, because it brings out our imperfections.  Our insecurities and fears are exposed to those around us and then shame sets in because people see us as imperfect beings.  What we hid for so long is now reminding us we are not good enough.  We are not perfect anymore.

We are sometimes mocked for being ourselves, because it is not what people expected.  That is one reason why I continue being someone who everybody will accept.  I do not allow people to see my flaws, because I used to believe the imperfections made me ugly.  I’m realizing I need to be myself and stop being what everyone else wants me to be.

Yes, I am person who deals with envy, hurt, relationship issues, fear, etc.  I am not perfect.  I am an imperfect being who needs Jesus every day to work on my flaws and to give me hope.

Life can be unfair and cruel, and our emotions can get the best of us.  It is so easy to become depressed and blame everyone else for our faults.  We can shut down and not allow anyone into our lives.  It is a choice!

This week I have wanted to walk away from everything and find a place of solitude.  I wanted to stop talking to everyone and shut off the world.  One of my fears is to always be alone, and I realize that I could make this happen without even trying.  God reminded me through the tears and heartache, I was not made to be alone.  He created me to make a difference to those around me.  He gave me the gift to encourage through my words and actions.  God does not want me invisible anymore.  He wants me to get out of the boat and trust Him to walk on water toward Him.  The real question is, can I fully trust God with my life right now?!

Is God exposing your hidden flaws?  Are you allowing Him to get you through this difficult time of finding yourself in the midst of all the rubble and confusion?  The only way to get through anything is with God!

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Jesus Calms The Storm

In the Book of Mark, chapter 4, Jesus was in a boat on a lake with His disciples. “Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion” while a storm was brewing (verse 38).  The disciples became fearful as the wind strengthened and the waves violently crashed into the boat.  The disciples abruptly woke up Jesus from a deep sleep asking, “’Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’” (verse 38).  “[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet!  Be still!’  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (verse 39).  After Jesus calmed the storm, He turned to His disciples and asked them, “’why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?’” (verse 40).  The disciples “were terrified and asked each other, ‘who is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey Him!’” (verse 41).

We can all relate to the disciples’ fear in this story. They did not understand how Jesus could sleep in the midst of the storm.  They thought Jesus had forsaken them.  This was a near death experience for the disciples.  Just like the disciples, we sometimes fear for our lives.  In the midst of the chaos and confusion, we lose all perspective on who or what’s around us.  We get caught up in the storms of life.  We react rather than respond to the situation.  We allow our emotions to override our faith.  We become fearful and uncertain about the outcome.  We beg for God to wake up and quiet the storms in our lives.

God is asking you “why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”.  Life is full of uncertainties.  The one thing that remains is God’s love for you.  He will never forsake you.  He is right beside you in the midst of life’s storms.

“We are more than conquerors through [Christ] who love[s] us” (Romans 8:37). We can conquer anything through Jesus.  He will calm the raging seas in our lives and give us His peace with just one command.