Do you ever want to hide? I know I have certainly been guilty of hiding at times in my life.
Recently, I had some cosmetic injections done – with the hopes of erasing some of the age lines on my face. The doctor doing the injections told me the procedure would erase 8 years of age from my face …. 8 YEARS!
Of course, I was thrilled at the promise of those 8 years being removed from my face! Yep, I jumped right on the bandwagon of trying to turn back the hands of time.
The unexpected aftermath of the procedure took me by surprise; there was swelling, there was bruising. So, I hide – for days after. I could look in the mirror and see that the rest of my appearance looked really good! But the bruising.. that kept me in hiding.
If I’m being honest, I struggle with aging. Each year on my birthday, I’m ‘29 again’! Funny – yes. But in truth, I’m just hiding from the reality of my age.
Hiding Behaviors and Lessons Learned
Sometimes my hiding is self-inflicted; other times the reasons I’ve hidden were not self-inflicted, but inflicted by someone else’s decision or choice.
Behaviors when I hide can include:
- Keeping to myself
- Not going out
Lessons I’ve learned from hiding:
- My wounds WILL give way to growth if I let them
- Others hide, too
- I am loved – even with my wounds; self-inflicted or inflicted by others – I am loved
How do you hide? Do your wounds keep you from letting others see you?
Next time you want to hide, take a deep breath and remember – you are NOT alone, you can heal and grow – and you are loved.
Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;