I have lived my whole life with a "mask" of not understanding who I was but knowing to whom I belong. It is my faith in Jesus Christ that allows me to survive each day and embrace in joyful song the next one. The "mask" I wear is not seen by others. It hides the face of Aspergers. You will never know what I feel or what I go through just to make it through the moments, but it is the desire of my heart that what you see is the joy of the Lord.
Five years ago, give or take a few months, I had my mother's estate sale. I had gone through her home with my brother, and we had taken what we felt drawn to. One day at the sale, I saw my mother's cancer radiation mask in a pile to be purchased. I had to let it go. I asked myself how I missed seeing it. It was very personal to me. It was purchased. It was a classmate and longtime friend who bought it. Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I contacted her and asked if she still had it. She did and had never done the art piece she had thought she would. She asked if I wanted it and I said, please. She brought it by today. This is the kind of friends that God has blessed me with. The people that have big hearts. Thank you, MK.
We all have our own "masks" that hide parts of our lives from others. Mathew 7:16 says, You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? It is important to realize that no matter what our "mask" might be covering or protecting us from, we must stand firm in our faith fruits. 2 Timothy 2:17 says, That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. I can do nothing without Him. He equips me as he calls me. I trust when I step out that He alone is my foundation.
You may think it odd that this mask kept tugging at my heart. I asked God, what do you want to show me through getting this mask back? I took my mother to every radiation treatment and doctors appointment, and this was molded to her face. It is personal to me, but it's more than that. It is a story of faith to be able to share His word in this little message.
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