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Vulnerable – susceptible to physical harm or emotional injury, open to criticism, unprotected against attack (TheFreeDictionary.com)
I don’t know anyone who likes to be vulnerable.
It’s why we wear masks, isn’t it? Why we quickly answer “fine” when asked how we are?
One of my least favorite responses is, “It’s all good” because it usually follows a list of circumstances that don’t sound all that good. In fact, they sound unpleasant, overwhelming, and quite difficult. But to say so would be vulnerable.
And vulnerability is uncomfortable. It leaves us out there, uncovered, for all to see. The world might see this as weakness, but God does not.
With God, being vulnerable is a safe place to be.
It means we can tell Him anything, (He already knows anyway) and know that He will always love us.
Where transparency with others may leave us open to attack, it never will with God. When we let ourselves be completely open and honest with God, He shows us new things about ourselves. Admittedly, some things we may not want to know, but He doesn’t leave us there alone.
As He walks us through change, He comforts and strengthens us along the way.
“Complete vulnerability means nothing is off limits; there are no walls. It’s letting God into every area of our mind, heart, and behavior. God is our only constant safe place. He is our hiding place where vulnerability is no longer scary. He knows everything, and He sees everything, and yet, He unconditionally loves us.” – Danise Jurado, Fulfilled
I don’t like feeling vulnerable, and yet, with God, it’s different.
In this vulnerable state with God, I feel my strong will relax. I let my guard down and He shows me where He desires to work in me.
This is where we come closer to Him and get to know Him better. Our faith grows deeper. It’s where we become more dependent on Him…and that is a good thing.
In fact, perhaps that’s when we can say, “It’s all good.”
[This post originally appeared at Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith.]
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