When I was a kid, I liked to play the superhero game. Running around with a cape tied over my shoulders I would pretend that I had incredible powers to save the world. When picking which powers I had there were always some that were more popular than others. The ability to fly was always near the top of the list along with super strength and speed. The power to be invisible was always attractive too-being able to go places and do things without anyone seeing you certainly has its merit. Even as an adult, that concept is still intriguing.
Here's the deal though-we all have the power of invisibility. It's the difference between the visible us-the one that our family, friends, co-workers, classmates, fellow church goers and accountability partners see-and the hidden us-the one that only God and us really know. The invisible us hides our sinful thoughts, shame, insecurities, addictions, doubts and fears. It's the part of us that we struggle with on a daily basis and one that doesn't show up in our public (or even private) persona. We can live out the visible part of who we are fairly comfortably and no one will ever know about the invisible aspects-in fact, we are all doing it in some way right now.
That has never been God's intent for us though. Erecting the wall between our visible and invisible selves only widens the gap between who we say we are and who we truly are. Allowing God to break down that wall and bring healing and restoration will start to finally make us whole. It's the story of God's great plan to bring His people back to Him-not in pieces, but in our flawed yet forgiven entirety.