Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. – Mark 8:25
There is no denying that all of us at some point in our lives go through times of denial. As part of human nature, denial can trick us into thinking that it’s a more comfortable place to be. It could be that staying in denial keeps us from having to endure the pain and suffering of seeing things the way they really are. We don’t want to ruffle things, make waves, cause comotion. What we need to remember is that these are the same things that cause turmoil within ourselves. At least when we know that we are in denial, remind ourselves that that is all it is, we can then move forward, and the pain and suffering will eventually pass. It is when we choose to stay in denial in which we become trapped; surrounded by walls like that of a deep dark and dangerous dungeon.
How does one know if they are in denial? It helps to make a conscience effort each day through prayer and meditation to see things clearly. Oftentimes denial is not intentional; it sneaks its way into our lives without us even being aware of it. We may want things to be a certain way, pretend something didn’t happen or try to force things to happen. The only thing we can do, is to pray to Jesus and The Holy Spirit to reveal and expose the truth to us. To helps us to see the things that are stuck in the cracks and crevices within ourselves, bring them to the surface so that our own eyes can see what denial has prevented us from seeing.
God says, to step out of the darkness and into the light with Him. We can only do that by the hard work it takes to chip and dig the walls that surround us when we are in denial. The light does begin to shine, as new oppportunities, new paths and spiritual awakenings will begin to become clearer as our eyes will become focused on things that could not be seen in the dark.
With God in our lives, in our hearts and by our side, we can always count on Him to nudge us when He sees us slipping into denial, as it can so easily take hold of us when and where we least expect it. May the truth always be revealed to us so that denial will not keep us from experiencing the light of God; for He is the way, the truth and the light.
May God bless you