I remember those scary nights as a kid when it was dark in my bedroom and my imagination began to play tricks on me. My closet had shadows, there was something groaning under my bed, and the wind was whistling against my window. Like every normal kid I would pull my bed sheets over my head and hide with the hope that whatever was lurking in my room couldn't find me. Its ironic that little kids think that thin bed sheets have any protective powers from the boogie-man. But the truth of the matter is that bed sheets hide our eyes from hallucinations.
It reminds me of when Adam and Eve hid from God in the Garden of Eden after they sinned and ate the fruit from the forbidden tree. Obviously, no one can hide from God, but just like little children, their imaginations ran wild and they hid themselves.
Many of our justifications are as thin as the bed sheets we used to pull over our heads when we were children. Denial doesn't protect us from the skeletons in our closet but rather it hides our eyes from seeing the truth. Sadly, we think, 'If I don't see it or acknowledge it, then it must not exist.' If someone mentions the possible consequences of our destructive habits, we quickly respond by saying, 'Well I've gotten away with it so far!' (And then we laugh arrogantly.) One of the saddest moments in a person's life is when the 'Day of Consequences' arrives and they realize they haven't been fooling anyone but themselves.
1 Corinthians 12:31 says, 'But eagerly desire the greater gifts.' I have come to believe that 'discernment' is one of the most powerful spiritual gifts that we can acquire! We can discern what God is saying and what is wise. We can discern our own motives and be honest with ourselves. Discernment is what turns the lights on and exposes what lurks in the darkness.
Discernment destroys the lies of the boogie man and fill us with courage. It opens our eyes to see opportunity and to experience the real world without fear.
'Life without fear'... now that is something to dream about.