One of my favorite games my siblings and cousins loved to play was Hide and seek. Just to kick it up a knotch we would play it at night time at the school over by my grandmother’s house. I personally hated playing in the dark simply because I was afraid of being in the dark by myself. As I hid I was terrified for the moment the person who was it would find me. Sooner or later the flash light would hit me and I was found. My heart would beat so fast. My older brother always got a thrill out of scaring me.
Two things the light does, it exposes what’s hidden in the dark and over takes the darkness that is there.
I have always struggled with my weight and eating habits growing up. One of the biggest issues I had was hiding food. Hiding when I would eat food, or waiting for my mom to leave so I can eat before dinner and then eat dinner. It’s not like I was restricted from food ever, I mean my mom did always try to instill healthy eating habits, but never was I denied food. Food became my comfort, my emotional escape, my hobby, my addiction. Pretty soon food consumed my thoughts. I would think about what I would eat in the morning, snack, lunch, dinner. There’s this verse in the bible:
Romans 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”
Whatever we allow to consume our minds will eventually take over. Just like that saying whatever you always eat, is what you are going to crave. Sin likes to hide. Because sometimes for myself at least when no one knows what I struggle with its so easy to go right back to it without accountability. It can also cause guilt and shame, which is not the way God intended us to live. I am proud to say that I have let go of hiding what I eat or being ashamed if I know I ate something that might cause me to go back to old ways. I just keep going. I confess, don’t hide.
Luke 8:17 “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.”
I have learned to that God allows things to be exposed for a reason. Not to condemn us, but to show us what we need to work on. His grace and mercies are new every morning. I sure am thankful that He never gives up on me even in my weaknesses! #i am a work in progress!
Have a blessed weekend! God loves you so much!