“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
How often do you wear a mask? Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps the need is not there. Perhaps you are so strong in yourself that it is a thought too far. But then again it may be just around the corner. Something that you always have in your ‘hand’. At the ready. Just in case. Just to be on the safe side. A comfort blanket. A comfort blanket that can be installed safe and sound. A look down followed by the look up. From frown to fixed smile. From ‘I can’t’ to ‘I’m trying’. Probably trying too hard. And noticeably so?
Why do you place the mask? Why not let the real you speak out? Why not go public? No, because that involves explanations. That involves being honest. That involves letting someone in. Becoming vulnerable. To say that, ‘I can’t’, out loud. To crumble. Because to go ‘there’ and acknowledge ‘there’, is a painful way. Behind the mask is safety.
Safety from whom? Safety from the outside? But also safety from yourself. By putting the mask in place you gain control. Control over your thoughts. Control over your feelings. Control over the how, and the when, you deal with the things you have to ‘sort’. Thoughts and feelings are private. Only given out to others when you tentatively say OK to someone who you know will care and not judge. Someone who you know will be there whatever happens. A friend. A true friend. A friend who is always there for you. At any time. In any place.
A special friend.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
And in that knowing the mask can come down. You can relax as you let Jesus in, to lift the load and help you sort through it. Bit by bit. Tangle by tangle. To learn and rethink the way you react. The way you take on a comment. A piece of your life. A sheltered way that is shared and made easy as you carry the load together.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29.