Do you have secrets? Some secrets are good. Like the surprise birthday bash you planned for your husband. Or the tiny life growing inside of you – you are planning on telling your family in a special way at just the right time. Those are wonderful secrets that evoke feelings of joy and happiness. But then there are the other secrets. The ones no one knows. The secrets that are locked up tight in the remote places of your heart. The private stuff that almost kills you when you remember them. These are the deadly secrets that poison our precious hearts.
I am a visual spatial person. In my mind, I see in pictures. Most people see words instead of pictures. When I read a book – any book – it turns into a movie in my head. I picture intricate details not even mentioned in the book.
And this is one of the ways in which God helps me understand His truths better.
The Secret Place
One ‘movie’ that was played during my healing is how I had dealt with my brokenness and pain.
I have this little room, a closet, the door is shut. Every time I experience any kind of wounding, I quickly take that pain to that little room, open the door slightly, throw it in and swiftly shut the door. I did this every single time with every single hurt – for many, many years.
As I kept throwing stuff in, the room got fuller and fuller until I couldn’t close the door anymore. I would have to push my back up onto the door to keep it as closed as I could – stuff was falling out the door. It was hard work trying to keep that door closed, I was exhausted.
Finally, Jesus came and pulled me away from the door. He opened it and turned on the light. What a MESS! A mess that I had made. He had me sit down with Him right in the middle of the mess and piece by piece, wound by wound, we sorted it all out. Each hurt had its place that He tenderly organized and dealt with. All packed neatly on shelves. We left the little room together. As I went to shut off the light, He stopped me.
The light was to be left on and the door left open.
You see, in that closet were deadly secrets I had buried way in the back – behind the boxes and garbage bags – in the darkest of dark places. But they weren’t there anymore. Jesus knew exactly what they were and where they were. He placed them on the shelf with all of the others after He had started His healing work. When He did that, those secrets weren’t so scary to look at. When He handled those secrets, they stopped being deadly.
They were brought into His Light.
One thing I have learned about those noxious secrets is that as long as they remain in the very back of that closet, they are not going to be healed. They will stay hidden, locked up and untreated. They will fester and poison the rest of your heart. They will start to destroy the healthy parts of your heart.
Oh, yes, God can and does reach down into those dark places and heal and restore…BUT He is a gentlemen and He will not barge into that closet and start rummaging around. He will wait for us to invite Him in and work through the mess with us.
No More Hiding!
Our stories are not to be hidden, but to be used as a light for the world, to bring hope to others. Our secrets are to be brought out so Jesus can shine through them.
He already knows all about whatever is hidden. He knows even better than we do. And He wants the shed His healing light on it.
Everything was nailed to the cross that fateful day, He was scourged so that we could choose wholeness and life.
I know it takes courage to bring these awful things out into the light. That means we have to actually look at them and see them again. But when Jesus shines His light upon these secrets, we can be confident that He will use them for His glory and for His purposes.
After I shared this story at a ladies retreat, a dear lady shared this song with me. She created the movie to go with the song and I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it with all of you. I pasted the lyrics below for you to read.
THE SECRET PLACE
MY HEART IS LIKE A HOUSE, ONE DAY I LET THE SAVIOR IN
THERE ARE MANY ROOMS WHERE WE WOULD VISIT NOW AND THEN.
BUT THEN ONE DAY HE SAW THAT DOOR I KNEW THE DAY HAD COME TOO SOON
I SAID JESUS I’M NOT READY FOR US TO VISIT IN THAT ROOM
THERE’S A PLACE IN MY HEART WHERE EVEN I WOULDN’T GO
I HAVE SOME THINGS HIDDEN THERE I DON’T WANT NO ONE TO KNOW
BUT HE HANDED ME THE KEY WITH TEARS OF LOVE ON HIS FACE
HE SAID I WANT TO MAKE YOU FREE LET ME GO IN YOUR SECRET PLACE.
SO I OPENED UP THE DOOR AND THE TWO OF US WALKED IN
I WAS SO ASHAMED I’D REVEALED MY HIDDEN SIN.
BUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT THAT ROOM NO I’M NOT AFRAID ANYMORE
FOR I KNOW MY HIDDEN SIN NO LONGER HIDES BEHIND THAT DOOR.
THERE WAS A PLACE IN MY HEART WHERE EVEN I WOULDN’T GO
I HAD SOME THINGS HIDDEN THERE I DIDN’T WANT NO ONE TO KNOW
BUT HE HANDED ME THE KEY WITH TEARS OF LOVE ON HIS FACE
HE MADE ME FREE I LET HIM IN MY SECRET PLACE.
IS THERE A PLACE IN YOUR HEART WHERE EVEN YOU DON’T GO
YOU HAVE SOME THINGS HIDDEN THERE YOU DON’T WANT NO ONE TO KNOW
WELL HE’S HANDING YOU THE KEY WITH TEARS OF LOVE ON HIS FACE
HE WANTS TO MAKE YOU FREE LET HIM GO IN YOUR SECRET PLACE.
Is there a secret place in your heart? Are you ready to open it up for His healing touch?
Next week, I will be sharing one of my favourite Bible stories with you. I hope that you return to read it. I know it will bless you very much.
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