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Message in the Mask

Martha, Martha…you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one and Mary has chosen what is better.  Luke 10:41-42 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I had never worn a mask before Covid 19 in 2020—a date we’ll all remember.

Today, we wear masks everywhere. With the validated need to protect ourselves and others, it’s actually more disconcerting to see folks without masks.

So, what scriptural basis did I find when one lady came unmasked to help our women’s group pack Christmas shoeboxes? I was absent at a previous meeting when the group agreed it was acceptable because the lady was claustrophobic and masks fogged up her glasses. My dismay led to a troubled heart that heard the clock strike from 2 to 5 a.m. Should I confront or stay quiet?

God had a surprise for me. It wasn’t about whether my boundaries had been stomped on. For me, it was a nudge from God saying, “Sara, Sara, you are worried about many things. Sit at my feet for a while.”  

God’s agenda for me had nothing to do with facial masks and everything to do with a mask on my heart. I had been trying to cover His call to write, filling my time with lesser loves—yes, even packing gifts for needy children. I had been ignoring the signals to set apart and to “write down clearly on clay tablets (aka Word document) what I reveal to you” (Habakkuk 2:4).

I had an invisible mask. Busyness fogged up the call to use my gift and kept me from writing encouragement to my WatchWomen/Intercessors. Our focus can be so distracted that we don’t see God’s unique target for us. It may not be about our current demanding dilemma but rather a more profound personal assignment.

Think about things that might be taking you away from your calling? How does God want you to use your spiritual gift(s) to honor Him? Unmask your heart to answer God’s calling on your life.

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Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis has responded to God’s calling to pray and to write in several ways. She has written two books: Walking on the Waterways: Parables from Sailing and Called to Pray: An Intercessor’s Toolkit. She has been active in forming two email groups of intercessors, The CORD (Chain of Redeemed Daughters) and the WatchWomen on the Wall. After retiring as a community college English instructor, she and her husband Monty began living their dream of winter cruising in the Bahamas, eventually publishing the Explorer Chartbook series of navigational charts and cruising guides. They spend the rest of their time at their home in Ocean City, Maryland.