Well known Christian author and speaker Angela Thomas confesses to a secret life. As a single mother of four, Thomas insists her secret life is necessary to sustain her sanity, endure life's ups and downs, and prevent debilitating anxiety. Furthermore, Thomas claims each one of us should have a secret life too. Exactly what kind of secret life is Thomas talking about here? Is this secret life immoral, in poor taste, or against the law?
Hardly. In Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus spends a considerable amount of time discussing a secret life. He describes performing secret acts of kindness: "When you do a good deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing" (v. 3). He describes a secret life of prayer: "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place" (v. 6). And finally, He describes a secret life of fasting: "When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that you do not appear to men to be fasting" (v. 17-18).
I listened to Angela Thomas describe her secret life in a recent video Bible study at our church. Unable to find a secret place to pray in her busy household, Thomas resorted to the floor of her tiny closet. It is here that she pours her heart out to God and waits on Him for daily direction and guidance. Intrigued with her insights, I was struck by Angela's facial expression as she expounded on the encounters she shares with God in this secret place. Her face literally transformed as the love, compassion and tenderness only meaningful times with God can produce radiated forth from her very being.
Undoubtedly, Thomas had encountered the "God of wonders beyond our galaxy" more than once during her secret prayer time on the floor of her closet. Time with her amazing Creator had left its mark on her heart and in her spirit. I find I long for-and need-more of that myself.
If our passion for God is directly related to the depth of our encounter with Him, then encounters are what we need to seek. Often it's easier, and quicker, to read a passage from the Bible, say a brief prayer and move on to the next thing. If God doesn't fit into our ten minutes of scheduled devotion time, that's certainly not our fault. Or is it?
Encounters with God take time. Time in silence, time in prayer, time in scripture meditation. It takes time to prepare your heart and mind for an encounter with God, but is He not worthy? He will meet you there and your life, too, can be transformed. Not only is a secret life with God crucial in its ability to empower our lives, it is a secret full of promise: "And your Father, who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly" (Matt. 6:4,6, and 18).
Jaimee Coon is the children's director at Kenai New Life Assembly of God at 209 Princess St. Kenai. For more information, call 283-7752.
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