This school year I was assigned to mentor a brand new teacher, Abby. She's very young, and naive. I hate to admit that I've been rather a nag.
Even after she was found unconscious one day, and went into convulsions another, Abby staunchly denied the seriousness of her symptoms. Each day, Abby literally put on a happy face.
The psalmist described how futile it is to hide our thoughts and feelings from the One who knows and loves us best:
I said, “I will be careful about what I do
and will not let my tongue make me sin;
I will not say anything
while evil people are near.”
2 I kept quiet, not saying a word,
not even about anything good!
But my suffering only grew worse,
3 and I was overcome with anxiety.
Psalm 39: 1-3a GNT
You have looked deep
into my heart, Lord,
and you know all about me.
Psalm 139:1 CEV
We can't keep secrets from the Lord. He knows our hopes and dreams, failures and successes.
Think of it this way, how would you feel if your spouse got a terrific promotion and didn't tell you? Or maybe your teenager's BFF started a vicious online rumor. Wouldn't you want to know?
If we feel hurt when we're left out of the loop, I wonder if God feels the same way when we do the same thing to Him.
I also wonder how our relationships would change if we freely chose to become transparent with God. Perhaps we don't need to hold our tongues when it comes to sharing an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.