Psalm 90:8 - You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Secrets. Are you good at keeping them or does your “inside” knowledge sneak out from the edges of the wall you’re trying to hide behind?
Some secrets are important to keep – like when a friend tells you something in confidence. Others only hurt you by hiding behind them, as I discussed in a previous post - keeping a mental health issue secret.
But today I’m not writing about your mental health, though it could certainly affect your mental health if you hang onto the secret. I’m talking about things we have done in the past or have been done to us in secret.
On thefreedictionary.com you'll find an article titled, “Secret.” It lists the definitions of the word such as something being done without the knowledge of others. See if your actions fit into any one of the categories.
A way for you to heal from wounds is to bring them into the light. It will be difficult; but wouldn’t it be harder, if someone else finds out on their own, and brings the secret into the light?
I’m not speaking of a secret shared with you by someone else. We must keep things that are shared in secret or we will be known as someone who can’t be trusted.
Yet, as the Bible verse above says, our secrets will come into the light of God’s presence ultimately. It’s not too late to even share your secret with one person, but make sure that person is trustworthy first.
You may find out when you finally open up that what you feared by exposing your secret can help someone else have the courage to share theirs and receive help.
Do you find it hard to keep a secret? Are you a trustworthy person? Is there something in your life that would be easier to carry if you had someone else to carry it with? I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.