Ever had someone say, “Why are you making that face?” Or rather just come up and say, “Wow, you look happy today. What happened?” Or the dreaded, “Ugh. Who burst your balloon? You look miserable.” Or “Not sleeping, huh?”
Our faces tell our story. There are some of us who have become so accustomed at stuffing how we feel that we can look amazing on the outside and feel like the end of the world in imminent on the inside.
The truth is, we are blessed when we get those emotions out, when we don’t pretend like everything is OK. The Bible gives many examples of pouring our hearts out to God. It also says to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. We are to express and share emotions. It’s called relationship, community, being real. Not an easy task for those of us who are used to keeping things bottled up.
When we do express them, we aren’t to hurt others with our emotions, so first we give them to God – tell Him all about how we feel with complete honesty. Then if we do need to share it with another, we can do so without doing harm. It does take practice.
So practice being real with God. If you care about something, so does He. And He wants to actively be the involved Father that we need. So let Him see your face in all it’s honesty. It will be met with acceptance and grace.
Grace & Peace,