Recently, my friend had surgery to remove a growth in her lung. (Not cancerous, Praise God). Afterwards, we were talking about how it seems so odd, to have something like that growing inside you, and you don’t even realize it’s there. We talked about other people we knew, or had heard of, that had had growths removed that were even larger. Some, grapefruit size or bigger. Many times the person had no idea it was even there. Some were told these things could have been growing inside them for years.
We take such care of the outside of our bodies, and pay a lot of attention to how we look, or how we dress. But, when you think about it, what we see on the outside is a small fraction of our makeup. There’s so much more going on in the inside of us, that we can’t see, and usually don’t even think about all that much.
For instance, we don’t see our inner organs or how they work. We don’t see our heart pumping, or our stomach digesting. We can’t see our blood flowing, or our cell’s regenerating. Needless to say, although these things are not visible from the outside, they are a huge, important part of us.
Another thing that we may not always be aware of, are things that may be hidden in our souls. Some of those things may also have been lurking inside of us for years or even decades. In some cases, maybe even a good part of our lives.
Those things that are hidden in our souls can also be quite dangerous to us. Because some of those things can affect our lives, or our relationships with others, and even our relationship with God.
From the outside, we can’t see those hidden roots, whose tendrils may have kept us a prisoner of sorts all these years. Roots of things like perhaps bitterness, or resentment. Fear or rejection. Roots of anger or pride. Roots of unbelief or shame. We often don’t recognize how those things may have had a part in shaping who we are today, or how they may have influenced decisions we’ve made in our lives.
Those types of things may be so ingrained in our thinking patterns that they have become a real stronghold in our minds. Sometimes keeping us from moving forward with God’s plan for our life. Unfortunately, we can’t use X-rays or CAT scans to find those types of hidden things. But praise God! There is help. The Word of God gives us all the instructions and hope that we need, so that we can be set free from these hidden things once and for all.
When we focus on the Word of God, it shines a light on areas that may be an issue for us. Hebrews 4:12 says “ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Anyone who watches any of those fixer upper type shows, knows that it’s not always what you see on the outside, that causes the biggest problems. It’s when they start pulling apart those walls and floors that we can see what’s been going on out of sight. Perhaps it’s mold, or rot, plumbing issues or pest problems. We do know that if there’s an issue behind a wall or under a floor, that just slapping a coat of paint on it doesn’t fix it. The root of the problem needs to be addressed and fixed first.
Of course on the flip side of hidden things, there are also good things that are hidden. This time of year we hide gifts from loved ones so they don’t find them before Christmas. We have gold and minerals and natural resources hidden in the earth. Or buried treasure. We also have many strengths and gifts hidden within each of us.
I found a hidden treasure the other day as I was cleaning in my garage. I was going through a box of old papers, and I came across a Mother’s Day card, with a letter, that my Mom had written to me 30 years ago. I had completely forgotten I even had that letter. My Mom has been gone many years now so that made it a treasure of great worth to me.
The greatest treasures we could ever find, are hidden in the Word of God. Yet, just as we sometimes have to mine gold and search for it, we have to spend time in the Word to discover its greatest treasures. The Lord has hidden things in His Word for us, not from us. We just need to seek to find them.
Luke 8:17 tells us “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” If we are hiding something that we don’t want known by others, that could be a frightening scripture. Personally, I find it to be rather comforting.
As I quoted above from Hebrews, the Word shows us the thoughts and intents of the heart. I’m so grateful for that. My desire is that every ungodly thought and intent of my heart and every dangerous root would be revealed and rooted out of my life. Often we can’t see these things on our own. Proverbs 21:2 tells us “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.”
We generally don’t see ourselves, or our faults, as those around may, but nothing is hidden from the Lord. As for me, I would rather have Lord reveal these things rather than to perhaps have them revealed by others, in a way that might not be fun. The Lord is kind and gentle. When He reveals a thing to us, it is for our own good, so that we might change and become more like Jesus. When the world reveals our faults and character flaws it is usually done in a judgmental way and more to cause harm than good.
It can be comforting when we think of “hidden things being known and coming to light”, when we think about it in regards to the gifts and callings in our lives that we may not know about yet. Sometimes the Lord waits for us to be ready before He reveals them to us. Let those hidden things come to light!
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139: 23-24