I try to have lunch or coffee with two or three different friends every month. I love these quiet times together, catching up on each other’s lives without the distractions of responsibility around us.
At one of these lunches recently, I sat down with a friend and mentor. As we quietly talked, she told me the revelation God had shown her. It was one of those earth-shattering, mind-changing realizations that take your breath away for a moment as you see the pervasiveness of a tiny lie you’d grabbed hold of.
And in that moment, I realized how I too had grabbed hold of this lie and let it invade my life. I suspect you might also find this lie hiding out in your heart and mind.
When I asked, this friend graciously agreed to write it out so that I could share it with you. I wanted you to hear it in her words without any commentary I might add. I pray that all of us would cease hiding in the baggage.
From My Friend Who Once Was Hiding
Hi! I’m Jan, and I’m hiding. Or rather, I was hiding.
Have you ever heard of King Saul? Saul was the first king of the nation of Israel. The Lord Himself picked Saul to be king (1 Samuel 9:15-17). If God picked you or I to be king how would we feel? Honored? Elated? Powerful? Scared?
The Bible doesn’t specifically detail Saul’s emotions, but it tells us that when God publicly called him no one could find him! The people asked God where he was, and God told them he was hiding in the baggage (1 Samuel 10:20-22).
Made for More
The Bible says when Saul came out of the baggage he was head and shoulders above everyone (1 Samuel 10:23)! God created Saul so people had to look up to him. He appeared to be perfectly created to be king.
Saul could have walked into kingship with faith that the One who called him would empower him. Instead, Saul’s insecurities and inabilities plagued him through his whole life. He became king at 30 years old after being drug out of hiding to be crowned (1 Samuel 13:1).
At one point in Saul’s reign, God rejects him because of his disobedience (1 Samuel 13:5-14). Samuel (God’s prophet) said, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel” (1 Samuel 15:17).
Lack of Confidence Breeds Disobedience
The Lord’s anointing for anything could give tremendous confidence and courage to move forward in the thing God wanted for you—in Saul’s case, kingship. In your case? Womanhood? A new career? Motherhood? Ministry?
What did God create you to fulfill?
In my case, my husband switched careers and became a pastor while I was in my early 30’s. I was terrified of the expectations people might put on me. Essentially, I hid. I did not like being introduced as the pastor’ wife; I simply wanted to be Jan.
A Hiding Heart
To you, that may look humble.
But to God—in my heart—I have been shrugging walking in the anointing God created me for. I don’t sing or play piano or any of the other things I thought a good pastor’s wife did. But when my husband and I responded to God’s call on our lives by saying “Here we are! Send us!” and then later I backed out and said, “Send my husband—I’ll hide in the baggage!” (kids, home, etc.), I dishonored God.
At 58 years old, I am determined to finally walk into God’s anointing for me, trusting that God Himself is enough.
What about You?
Is He calling you to come out of hiding?
Don’t be afraid. Don’t wait another day to respond. The Almighty God of the universe is calling. He created you for that calling. Walk into the light, hand in hand with the Creator of the light and the Creator of you.
What baggage are you hiding behind?
If you want to read more from me about the lies Satan likes to whisper to us, I recommend the book Lies Women Believe. You might also want to check out the book Lies Young Women Believe for a teen girl you love.
Counter the lies that keep you from abundant living.
Satan is the master deceiver and his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles.
“Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation,” says Nancy Leigh DeMoss. “Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners.”
In best selling Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women—lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!