People, even I, have said; “You shouldn’t look like what you’re going through.” And as I sat in a meeting this morning, I began to question myself asking, “why not?” Can’t I, even once, show the hell I’ve had to endure? Can’t I, at least once, show the tears I’ve had to shed? Can’t I, if only for a moment, allow you to see that I hurt too? Bible shares in Job 1:20, “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship.” Ezra 9:3 shares, “When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled.” 2 Samuel 1:11, “Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him.” Beloved, just because you appear to be strong doesn’t make it true. And just because you show a little weakness, it doesn’t prove to be correct either. However, if I happen to pick, today, to let you see my hurt; it doesn’t take away the fact I love and trust God. It simply means, I am human and having a moment. Is that okay with you?
I’m only asking so that you can hush when you see somebody who doesn’t look as put together as they normally would. I’m asking so you can keep your mouth off folk who look a little different, today. You assume by the tears of the pastor’s wife during service that they are headed for divorce but couldn’t she be having a private moment with God? You see Judy without her makeup and automatically conclude she’s having man issues but couldn’t she be allowing her skin to rest? John hasn’t had a haircut and you surmise he’s broke but could it be, he’s been working 12 hours days and haven’t had a chance? Just because I look like I’m going through, it doesn’t mean I’ve given up on God or that I am. Today might be a day I don’t feel like getting dressed up because I’m too busy going to war for my marriage. Today might be a day I don’t feel like looking cute because I’ve been laying on my face, praying for my church. Today might be a day I don’t care what you think because I’m too caught up with crying loud and sparing not to save some sons and daughters. So if the way I happen to look, this one day, bothers you; so. I don’t feel like being cute because there are souls on the line and one of them might be mine!