Living on a parcel of farm land from "back in the day" we have an abundance of Osage orange trees and walnut trees surrounding our neighborhood. With the coming of fall and the changing of the seasons, the walnut trees are among the first to loose their leaves along with a boatload of nuts. After returning from a busy weekend of activities, I went into my master bathroom which faces the front of our home to find the trees across the street, walnut in description, have lost almost all their leaves. Since we have a nice window in the bathroom which welcomes an incredible amount of sunlight during the daylight hours, at night I am always a little skeptical of what might be seen through our shades when the overhead light is on from across the street. (That is purely my modest upbringing, but it's always a ready question in my mind.)
During the summer I don't give it a second thought. The trees are displaying a phenomenal leaf display and I can hardly see any homes surrounding ours. Bottom line, I don't think twice about that master bathroom shade in the summer. My husband assures me, even by going outside and looking up at that window when I am standing in front of my sink, that nothing can be seen. Still I am uncomfortable....my leaf barrier has been taken away until next Spring.
When I was contemplating what to write on my devotional page today, I thought about the barriers we use to cover those parts of us that would expose a deeper side of who we are; the failures we have encountered, the hurts we have suffered or possibly the misdeeds inflicted on others. Often we like keeping people at arms' length, smiling on Sundays at church and occasionally making a few cookies for the requested bake sale or perhaps a meal once in a while for a church member. But if we were the ones needing help or assistance, if the barriers or facade of pretense were exposed, what would be seen by others? Who are we without our barriers?
Life is messy, there are no two ways around it. We mess up and others mess up because life will never be perfect. It wasn't intended to be. Life here on this earthly journey is temporary. There is a much better, no guilt journey coming. One filled with perfect peace, joy uncontainable, calmness unexplainable delivering a painless eternity, empty of sadness, Barriers will be lifted and destroyed just as that thick curtain in the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom without any help or assistance from man. God removed it giving us the opportunity to walk directly to the foot of the Cross and receive His blessings through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Barriers.....God can rid you of them....and cover you with His steadfast love.
Be with us Father God and give us the courage to shine for Jesus allowing all our self-made barriers and facades to fall so that others might see the Light of the World in us. In Jesus' Name, Amen!
Psalm 61:3 "For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe." NIV
Proverbs 18:10 "The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." NIV