We all live to some extent with illusions
- We can make ourselves believe that we will be okay no matter what the circumstances.
- We are prone to believe the blatant lie that we can pull ourselves up by our boot strings and keep going at any cost.
- We see ourselves as better than we really are.
- And some of us even think we are invincible.
The truth is, we are clouded by our own illusions. There are times that some of our fantasies about our relationships, the world and our extraordinary abilities are only in the window of our minds.
Stripping away those illusions can be difficult
- It is painful to discover that the relationship that we thought would last forever has suddenly come to an abrupt and bitter end.
- It can be devastating to hear the news that our energetic, healthy body has succumbed to cancer or some other illness.
- We are reminded of our human frailty when a young child is suddenly and tragically taken from this earth.
All of these experiences can strip us instantly. But it also true, that for some, that stripping can take a long time.
It is not a negative occurrence to be stripped of our fantasies. In my view, it allows us the opportunity to discover ourselves – to be exposed and vulnerable! Catching a glimpse of our weakness, frailty, humanity, and fragility allows us the opportunity to gain sight of the wounded Saviour who died so that we might be free. Looking into the wounds of Jesus can open us up to the naked truth of who we are and how much we do need Him.
- The naked truth is better than a comfortable lie:
We sometimes try to convince ourselves that our illusion is the truth. Some lies are far more comfortable to clothe ourselves with than it is to face the bare truth. However, a lie cannot last forever. Eventually truth prevails. Don’t live with a lie, it will not benefit you or the people around you. Face up to the truth. Yes, you will feel bare, exposed, and vulnerable but the Bible says in John 8: 32, ‘the truth will set you free…’ If the truth sets you free then it stands to reason that a lie will hold you in bondage. Jesus died for your freedom and it is yours for the asking.
- The naked truth makes you aware of your own need:
Facing your illusions will make you aware of how vulnerable you are. You will be reminded of your own humanity, frailty and emptiness. But you don’t have to stay there because you can cast yourself on a Saviour who loves you unconditionally. Brennan Manning says: God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be. Allow God to love you and to work in your life to bring you to a place of complete freedom.
- The naked truth exposes you to a God of absolute grace:
Some people cannot forgive themselves of the wrongs that they have done in the past. However, God can and will forgive each one of us who seek His pardon. God sent His Son Jesus to the earth and His Hand can reach into the deepest and darkest pit. His love can extend to the vilest sinner, because His grace is available for everyone. There is no person who has sunk so low that God’s Hand cannot reach. His gracious arm will extend to the neediest of people.
God’s love does not make sense to me. I cannot fathom His grace. It is difficult for my finite mind to grasp how deep and wide His love is. He runs after us, chases us down, and hounds us until we cannot run any more. He then wraps us in His Arms and loves us unconditionally. That is a love that as the hymnist said is: “So amazing, so Divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”
Throw yourself into His arms and allow Him to clothe you with garments of freedom. His truth will set you free.