I have an area rug on my hardwood floor that appeared to have a few lumps under it. Come to find out it had a few things that had been hidden under there. Sweeping things under a rug can be a literal thing or a figurative thing.
Luke 12:2-3 “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known. Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” I think about these verses from time to time, usually when a sin is revealed.
But what if your sin is selfishness? Do you think it will be revealed? I have had moments lately that my selfishness has been revealed by God. Not by someone else, but God. I wish I could tell you that I was surprised by the revelation, but I can’t. I have a strange relationship with selfishness. I am a gift giver and giver of myself to a point. But I find myself needing to be right when I felt wronged, so I find a sympathetic ear. My motives were my downfall, I needed to feel different about a situation.
What if your selfishness hurts someone else? Are you able to talk about it openly with that person? Communication is difficult for me. I can write what I am feeling, but when it comes to talking openly, there is a problem. That problem comes from my childhood. We did not talk openly about anything. We were shamed into submission. We experienced an explosive temper that silenced any kind of discussion. We experienced silence for days when we had hurt one parent. So why am I so surprised when someone else cannot openly discuss something with me?
Wounded and in need to words, but only met with silence. There is a lot of pain in that description right there. I have experienced this and as I am writing all of this, I am pretty sure I have been on the silent giving part. But God is not silent. He has already given us words to help heal whatever we are going through.
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” There is no better doctor or nurse that God our Father. He sees you, knows every hair on your head, and is right beside you. He never sleeps nor slumbers, always watching. Yes, He could have stopped the pain from ever taking place, but how would we learn to turn to Him?
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair; not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” You may feel crushed, abandoned, and just thoroughly abused, BUT GOD has not left you. He is just waiting for you to turn to Him. You were adopted into a royal family, dear one. So that you can develop a deep intimate relationship with “Abba Father”.
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” HOPE. This one verse spells hope for us. I personally love the idea that God will wipe away every tear I have. That is a comfort, it shows just how deeply He cares for us. He will take away everything that might have caused us pain, death, mourning and will replace it with perfection in the afterlife.
So, remember that lumpy rug that has too much pain swept under it, just know God has a plan to give you hope. He will wipe your tears away. He cares about you so much that He collects those tears in a bottle. Turn to Him, He will give you rest.