Friday, November 2, 2007
Delighting in the Details
Lori, at All You Have to Give, has been meditating on the "details" each weekend and I've decided to join her. This week has been a full week. I looked back on my posts this week and thought about my activities and I see: the Word, Prayer, Fellowship, Family. The key components to life, really.
But the details are in the small moments...My Cutie Bug made a mask for her party at school Wednesday. The theme was Wizard of Oz so her mask was supposed to look like Dorothy. I'm sure all of the masks were cute, but honestly, hers was the best - the eyelashes were curled, the eyes had little pupils and the hair was in two pigtails with red ribbons. That girl knows how to pay attention to details. So, I just had to take a picture of her with some classmates but then I realized I would never know who these kids are.
The detail is this: masks. If we wear a mask, no one will know who we really are and that makes fellowship impossible. God created the church as a place for people to be authentic with each other. That's how we encourage one another, lift one another up, pray for one another - when there are no masks.
Masks are difficult to see through too - you remember wearing masks with little holes for your eyes that you could hardly see through? That makes it tough to read Scripture with clear focus. Our masks get in the way of seeing what God has for us there.
If we do not come to prayer with our authentic selves, it is a mockery of prayer. So, the mask must come off in the presence of God. Really, do we think God doesn't see our true self anyway? He knows all the faults, mistakes and foibles and He still loves us.
It's easy to put on a mask in this bloggy world because we can manipulate words and even pictures to show our best side. But, I believe God wants us to be real, to be honest and sincere and take off the masks because His glory shines on our faces (just like Moses) only when the mask is off. When Moses was in God's presence, God's glory could be reflected to the Israelites but he had to put a veil on because it was too bright! If we are regularly in God's presence, our faces will shine too, but let's not cover it up with a mask!