Being vulnerable and revealing my heart is not an easy thing—for me, at least.
I like to think I’m a pretty authentic person, in terms of what you see is what you get when it comes to most things. But at the same time, sharing what’s bothering me, what I’m going through, or a weak spot in my life is a skill I have yet to master.
Maybe you’re like me and like to think you’re pretty authentic, maybe you totally put up a front when you’re around people, or maybe you have no problem at all “taking off the mask” and letting people see the real you. Any way, this idea rings true: Only when we reveal ourselves to God will He reveal more of Himself and ourselves to us.
It may seem like such an easy task to some—coming to God with what’s weighing on us—but for those of us who like to try and fix it ourselves (guilty here), baring our hearts to anyone—God included—may be a challenge. Even though Psalm 139:1-4 literally says,
“Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it.”
So let me challenge you. Reveal yourself to God. That thing that’s been weighing you down — whatever it may be — tell Him about it. Open your heart to Him completely. After all, He created it. Now, I’m preaching to myself here, but let’s remember the truth that as we take steps out of our comfort zones and into the unknown, our faith is strengthened as God meets us there, step for step. You will find that as you take more and more steps away from your shore of safety, you learn more about the character of who God is, and not just the characteristics that are tossed around so freely. Will you learn more of His faithfulness and grace? Absolutely. But you’ll also learn more about His humor, His authority, His protection, His vastness, and so many other things. Let this truth fuel your vulnerability with God!
I heard the phrase once, “We receive forgiveness from God and healing through His people.” Translation: Once we’ve revealed ourselves to Him, He brings us healing through others. But in between forgiveness—or revealing ourselves to Him—and healing and fulfillment is another element: us. It takes us being bold and revealing ourselves to others for God to complete His process. Now, I don’t mean go find a random person sitting alone in a random fast-food restaurant and tell them your deepest, darkest secrets—I’m cringing while typing as I imagine how that conversation would go. Be strategic about who you share with. Another great quote I’ve heard recently is “Who you share your secrets with is who you share your heart with.” There should be at least one person in your life who knows the depths of your heart, who you can trust, and who will love you well. If you feel as though you have no one with whom you can reveal yourself, pray for God to bring that person into your life. And just as He works mightily when we reveal our hearts to Him, He will work mightily as we reveal ourselves in the safety of God-centered relationships.
On both sides of the equation—when we reveal ourselves to God, and when we reveal ourselves to others—He not only reveals more of Himself to us, but also more of who He created us to be. Every time I’ve taken a step of faith, I’ve found a new part of myself I never knew existed.
And lastly, I want to leave you with some encouragement from Isaiah 60:17 as you begin (or maybe resume) this process of revealing yourself:
“I will exchange your bronze for gold, your iron for silver, your wood for bronze, and your stones for iron. I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler.”
That thing, thought, mindset, hurt, maybe even sin you’re holding onto? It may seem like you’re doing fine and managing well—bronze—but God is waiting to give His best—gold—when you reveal your heart to Him. Seems like an easy choice when it’s put that way, right? Let’s not overcomplicate it! This process of revealing oneself is a lifelong journey. No matter where you are on this roller coaster, it’s not too late or too hard for you to begin. Take that first step and show God a new part of your heart you’ve kept Him from. Speaking from experience, I can guarantee you’ll be glad you did. Be revealed!
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Lindsey Raygan is a 23-year old, blonde-as-can-be, lover of Jesus and people. She serves in full-time ministry as the Social Media Coordinator for her church in Birmingham, Alabama. When she’s not writing up the next post, she loves cozying up on her couch with a good movie on, or traveling the world with her best friends. She’s a firm believer that if you knew everyone’s story, there’s no person you wouldn’t love.