Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (So why do I sometimes want to hide him?)
It’s easier to hide.
It would be so much easier to hide at home, easier to let Thomas play on his device all day, easier to not try to preplan for every possible bit of extra simulation that could send him into an awkward and embarrassing (for me) melt down.
Do you have situations in your life where it just feels easier to hide?
But is easier better?
No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Luke 11:33
Does the world see that Thomas is “fearfully and wonderfully made” if I hide him at home?
Does the world see that everyone is an image bearer of GOD, regardless of their ability, if I hide Thomas at home?
And here’s the newest revelation I’ve had about my tendency to hide Thomas, or more honestly myself, from the world:
Does Thomas see himself as fearfully and wonderfully made, if I hide him at home?
Does Thomas see himself as an image bearer of God, if I hide him at home?
Again, there is a disconnect between what I SAY I believe about GOD and what my behavior DISPLAYs I believed about GOD.
How about you? Are you hiding the very thing that God can use to shine His light? It’s not easy but God can be trusted. It’s in our weakness that God shows HIs strength.
So we go places. We go to the grocery store. We go to church. We go to The Broad, an art museum in Los Angeles.
Sometimes he melts down in over stimulation.
Sometimes I melt down in frustration.
But we pray.
And we go.
Because Thomas can’t shine the light of Jesus if I hide him.
And Thomas won’t know he’s the light of Jesus if I don’t let him shine.