Today I took a photo of one of my kids wearing a white mask. The only thing you can see, are the eyes. I made it into a black and white photo and posted it online in a photo competition. Later on I made a facial mask for me made out of honey. As I was washing it off I started to think of all the different masks we wear through life. Some have the mask on no matter what, others can let it go from time to time, depending on who the person is with. What are we worried about? What would happen if the mask actually fell off? What would people see? Who are we really behind the mask? There is actually only one that can see behind it all. Only one that can see who we really are. God sees who we are, even when we try to hide it. Just as it is read in Psalm 139:
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
5You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
19O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20For they speak against You wickedly,
And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
I know some of you like to think differently, but I find it to be true. The only one that truly knows us and can see behind it all, is God. I find it comforting to know that. In His presens I can be me, because He loves me just the way I am!
by Lady Birgitha
It is early afternoon and the tea water is boiling i the kitchen. It is hot and windy outside and here inside of our home it is stuffy, even if we have the balcony door open. As usual on these kind of summer days not much happens. I am looking forward to eat the watermelon this evening. This makes me think of my childhood with my grandparents. How my granddad poured sugar on the watermelon and ate it. It makes me also think about the importance of family. Not necessary the blood related family, but family that comes through faith. Also close friends that have come to mean a lot to me and my family. These are the people that just by existing brings you peace and strength, like water.
by Lady Birgitha