In a recent post (The Courage To Be Open) we talked about being open with others. If you haven’t read the post yet, take a look. In this post we’ll talk about being open with God. For those of us who believe in God, we know that there’s no better place to run, because God is everything!
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need Him. – Psalm 46:1 MSG
Let’s face it, we all need to hide sometimes. Whenever we need to talk, God is there. He never leaves us for one moment. How amazing is that?
Most of us use filters to improve our selfies. The perfect filter can make your selfie look so good. Am I right? Some people never upload pictures without some sort of filter, so you really don’t get to see them as they really are.
When you talk to God, you don’t need a filter. You can talk to Him freely and openly just like you can other people…actually on a much deeper level than you talk to other people. You can come to him just as you are – being completely honest and naked before him. Now I don’t mean literally butt naked, but I mean hiding nothing – being completely you. You can tell him absolutely anything and you’re safe with Him. It feels so good to just be able to talk to God – freely. Just to be able to say, “God I’m tired”, “God this hurts”, or “God I’m angry”, without feeling bad about it. It’s such a good feeling.
God knows the real you. He sees past the person you pretend to be sometimes. He sees beyond your makeup, your cute clothes, and your smile. He knows your heart. He knows every single thing there is to know about you, and he loves you dearly. Sometimes we forget that, and when we come to him we try to hide how we really feel – forgetting that he already knows.
I love that God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to talk to Him about our lives. He wants to hear from us. He wants to lead us and help us find our way through life, and invites us to come close.
He loves those simple conversations. The more you do it, you’ll find that you’ll love them too. So if there’s something’s that you need to get off of your chest, have a little talk with God. I know I will.
Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace. – Matthew 6:6 MSG