With Unveiled Face...

The other day I was driving my daughter to the store and feeling a bit guilty, knowing she has a crazy cold that manifests in crazy coughing fits and raging rapids style runny nose.  This means that one very unfortunate shopping cart would be covered by my daughters cold germs and could possibly eventually find themselves on some otherwise healthy childs hands soon making them sick.  Try as I might to disinfect the cart with the Clorox wipes the store provides I have no doubt that I will be receiving very harsh “why would you bring your sick kid in public?” looks at the store and would just have to quickly get the basic necessities and jet.  I am imagining the dirty looks I will be receiving, while I drive, and I start thinking about all of the people who go to work, church, shopping, etc. with contagious sickness.  As an under 2 year old child my daughter is unable to take any medication to “mask” her sickness.  If it was an adult with the sickness they would be able to pop a decongestant, cough suppressant, multi-symptom pill and no one would be the wiser but the truth is the sickness is still there.  Now I admit they wouldn’t be sneezing the sickness everywhere but it would still be in them, moving perhaps a little more stealthily from an eye rub to a handshake.  The unsuspecting recipient of the germ would still get infected and eventually spend 1 to 2 weeks with a cold that they didn’t know how they got.  This made me think about our spiritual lives.  My daughter is so young that she doesn’t know how to properly cover up her misbehavior yet.  When she is angry she throws herself to the ground.  When she is touching something she is not supposed to she makes direct eye contact with me as she says “no, no” and still grabs it.  Not an adult.  We have gotten good at “masking” our sin.  Our gossip we mask with a few words of  “I’m just telling you this so we can pray for her.”  Our gluttony we mask with “This is something I deserve.”  Our insecurity we mask by judging others.  By making our ways and ourselves better than them and theirs. In fact a little “Christian-ese” is used to mask the sickness that is the lack of a personal relationship with God.  Unfortunately the metaphorical multi-symptom pill will only mask so much.  The sickness of lack of belief, complacency, insecurity, lack of love, selfishness, self righteousness, etc. will eventually seep out an infect those around.  My self-pity would eventually encourage your self-pity.  Then we could sit for months and waste valuable time focused on ourselves instead of loving others and focusing on them.  I want to stand before the Father with an unveiled face just as Moses did and since He is here, a present God already before me, then my un-masking should be right now and every day…


Posted on February 2, 2010 and filed under Anything and Everything.