“For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.” Mark 4:22 NIV
Even when you try to hide something, it always gets exposed. Typically, the exposure comes in a way you never would have thought. When I was a flight attendant, I found a man’s wallet in the seat when I was cleaning the cabin after landing. I turned it into customer service, who called his home number to alert him his wallet had been found. Long story short, during the process of returning his wallet to him, he was exposed as having an affair. He was traveling with a woman, not his wife. Customer service called his wife from the address in the wallet. When his wife found out about the wallet and his travel companion from customer service, she discovered the affair. Secrets gets exposed in due time.
Exposure seems like the worst thing in the world, but exposure can be healthy. My freshman year of college, I learned about bulimia; self-induced vomiting to lose weight. I started doing this in secret. I can still feel the heaviness that secret was to carry around with me. But I did, for over a year, until one night, I couldn’t keep it any longer. I had transferred schools and was now attending the same school as my cousin, Patrick. I still remember the night he came over to my apartment and I confessed what I had been doing. That was the turning point for me. I got counseling that helped me deal with my issues. I stopped throwing up, I dealt with issues from the loss of my father, and I healed. Exposure leads to healing.
Exposure leads to healing.
John tells us the truth about light and darkness: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5 NIV). Nothing stays hidden in the dark. The man’s affair on the airplane was revealed. My bulimia was revealed. “Whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed…whatever concealed…brought into the open” (Mark 4:22 NIV). They will be revealed in God’s time, not our time. For whatever reason, it was God’s timing for the man to be exposed to his wife. The night I told my secret was God’s timing, not mine. God knows all of our secrets, there is nothing hidden from Him. When the time is right, He’ll shed His light on the darkness.
Question of the Day:
What secret has God exposed in your life?
Further Reading: Leviticus 7:28-9:6 NIV, Mark 3:31-4:25 NIV, Psalm 37:12-29 NIV, Proverbs 10:5 NIV