01 Oct Masks
During the month of October, stores are full of costumes and masks in preparation for Halloween. For one night, adults and children alike will dress up, hide behind a mask and be whoever or whatever they choose to be.
In reality, we all wear a variety of masks in our everyday lives. We put on a superhero mask as we run around managing our impossible schedules. We put on a fancy masquerade mask on our jobs and pretend we have it all together. We put on a scary mask in our relationships in an attempt to chase away anyone who dares to get too close.
A mask is typically uncomfortable, literally and figuratively. Behind the mask our vision is not as clear. A mask can be tight and restrictive. Despite those things, we can become so accustomed to our masks that we fail to even notice the limitations. We will choose to conceal our true selves at any cost.
Scripture says that “man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7).” Regardless of what masks we put on, He sees beyond that and searches us at the core of who we are. Over the next few weeks, we are going to explore how we can move beyond the outward appearance and move to who we are under the masks.
What masks have you been wearing?