I rolled out my Pilates mat last Thursday and was surprised to see these white, worn-out spots all over it! I stood there thinking Where did these come from? Just the day before I had used this mat and saw nothing. Did those spots appear overnight? Nope. I’m sure they were there the day before. The difference was the room I was in that day. My usual Pilates room is a cozy room with dark lighting, but the class I went to on Thursday was in a big, bright, well-lit room. That light revealed spots that the darkness kept well hidden.
That’s what light does. It reveals things that are hidden.
But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:13
We know that Jesus came to reveal the things that are hidden and to show us truth.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12
Are those spots really on my mat? Yes. Even when I can’t see them? Yes, again.
God revealed Himself to us through the light of Jesus. Whether I choose to look at the truth of what’s really there and act upon it, or turn off the light and lay contentedly on a torn up mat is up to me. My belief and my perception don’t change the truth of what actually is.
It’s just something to think about.
When I go back to my regular, dark room, I probably won’t even think about those spots on my mat. It would take going to that well-lit room every time for me to do something about it. It’s just so easy to forget what I can’t see.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. James 1:23-24
But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25
If I want to, I can choose to never again enter that well-lit room with my torn up mat. However, I cannot choose to ignore forever the light that God’s word sheds on my life. There will come a day when that light will reveal truth with undeniable reality. There will be no walking away or rolling up my mat to avoid it.
For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Luke 8:17
Personally, I would rather know the truth. I would rather know what my Pilates mat looks like so I don’t have to be embarrassed when I roll it out in the light. I don’t like surprises. Through His word, God gives me the opportunity to have no surprises when my life on earth is over. It’s my choice to either walk through life guided by His light or to turn the light off and pretend my mat has no spots. Either way, the spots are there. The decision to see them or not is mine.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105