Invite Someone In
One of the most dreadful sentences we can ever utter to a dear friend is, “Why didn’t you tell me so I could be praying!” I was amazed to find myself saying this to someone we love very much, just last week. While we had gone to dinner together and shared meals and laughs and great convos, an unknown elephant had been lurking in the room the whole time, unbeknownst to me. I was so grieved to find out all that time we had been getting together something was held back, locked away behind doors and walls, where we couldn’t enter in and offer our love and support and prayers.
Yet as I stepped back to reflect on it, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. It’s way easier to share highlight reels, dreams and goals for the future, everyday stories, and a few laughs – than it is to let down the guards to tell one another there is a place of pain that needs healing. We run. We cover up with fig leaves to hide our secret shames. And yet, that’s not how God called us to live our lives. He created us for community and open fellowship with Him and one another. We are to be real, vulnerable, asking people in – safe, trustworthy people, so that we don’t feel alone in what we walk through.
If you are going through something today, I want to encourage you to reach out and ask someone in – let your guard down, let your walls done, and invite someone into the pit with you, so that together with God’s help, you can begin the steady climb upward and onward toward healing and FREEDOM!