No More Hiding

Your Heart’s Cry

Life goes on, unaware of my existence. Would anyone know if I just ceased to be? Would anyone care if my journey ended? I fear my time on the earth has been without event, without

fanfare, without meaning. Did I accomplish anything of lasting value? Did I do what I was sent here to do? I sense I have not. I do not feel I have reached high enough or gone far enough in my

pursuit of significance. My failures stack up around me like little piles of manure, leaving the foul smell of my past in the middle of my small successes. I cannot compete. I cannot compare. I

feel too small to be a sufficient influence because the pain of my insecurity is too big for me to ignore.

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:10 ESV

His Reply

Who said you were small? Resist the temptation to compare and judge based on your understanding. Know My ways are much higher than your ways, and My thoughts are higher than your thoughts. Your view of failure is not My view. What you see as displays of your weakness, I see as growth opportunities. The smallness you feel is only in your thoughts. I did not create you to be small. I created you to be a beacon of light penetrating the darkness. Your significance can only be established in Me and My plan for your life.

No more hiding in the shadows of your own insecurities. No more hiding behind the faulty belief that you are insignificant. For, what man puts a lamp under a blanket? Neither have I placed you in hiding. You are positioned for glory. You are positioned to shine right where you are. No one can compete for your place, and no one can compare to being you. It is you who I desire to live your life, and no one can do a better job at it than you.

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3 NIV

Your Turn

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In what ways do you try to hide from your past?

by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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