SECRET DREAMS AND LONGING
While away on vacation I worked on writing haiku based on the prompt words Secret & Burn given at #ronovanwrites. I did not finish in time to share them last week but now that I’m home my computer is ready and waiting. We all have secret dreams and longings, don’t we?
Gazing at the clouds
I walk on beach and ponder
Secrets burning deep
We all have secrets. Some are desires we are too timid to share.
Other secrets are exciting and we can’t wait to reveal them. Still others hold us back because of things that happened in the past. They haunt us and make us feel shame. The shame becomes a heavy burden stealing our joy and stifling forward movement.
FREEDOM FROM SHAME
Stuck in a pattern of lies making us feel unworthy, we may find it hard to forgive ourselves. But God loves us more than we know. His forgiveness is real. Jesus paid the penalty long ago and we are free.
We don’t have to keep stumbling under a burden of shame.
Burn away the shame
Secret sins have been confessed
All is forgiven
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
(Psalm 103:8-12 NIV)
There is also shame that comes through no fault of our own. Others may have hurt us or made us feel less than or forced us into situations we should never have to face. But God knows about these, too, and welcomes us with open arms. His love and mercy are abundant. He can take away the shame and replace it with joy and peace.
Often we are afraid to reveal some of our secret longings partly because we lack confidence in our abilities. Maybe we don’t want to risk failure or we think no one will understand or support us. We can hold ourselves back because of fear or try new things, learning from mistakes.
Like a flame of fire
Secret longing burns inside
Yearning to be free
I say let’s go for our dreams, looking to God for strength and supporting each other as we go through life. What do you say?