I would often see these “Hidden Entrance” signs while driving in the car with my parents when I was young. For the longest time I thought it meant that spies lived there. I mean why else would there be a hidden entrance right?? If you are a spy, you don’t want people discovering you. So funny.
There’s a different kind of hidden that isn’t so funny. I’ve been reading about it a lot today. As you know, the Easter holiday was yesterday. A day to celebrate our Risen Lord. A day to spend with family and friends. And for some…a day to hide.
I’ve seen post after post on FB from friends that didn’t have a church family to celebrate with yesterday. Post after post of family arguments because a child was too “friendly” with the person they love. And post after post from friends who simply can’t share that they love someone. Can you imagine that? How did you feel when you fell in love? Did you want to shout it from the rooftops? Did you want to hold their hand? Did you want to give a quick peck hello? Imagine not being able to do any of those things.
One of the most heart wrenching parts of my journey was when my son sobbed in my arms lamenting that he just wanted to be “allowed” to fall in love with someone. He just wanted someone to love him the way that his dad and I had been able to experience love. It’s been several years now and he has found someone. It makes me sad that they don’t feel safe to show affection when in public. And by that I mean just a simple gesture of holding hands. (I think we can all agree we don’t want to see people making out in public no matter who they are or who they love.) I have made sure they know that they don’t have to “hide” when they are in our home. I want them to have a safe place to be themselves.
Yesterday we celebrated one of the most sacrificial expressions of love. Jesus’ death and resurrection. No hidden entrance to God’s love. Love not hidden, but proclaimed. I hope you had a chance to experience His love in some way on Easter. I get choked up every time we sing a song in church that speaks of love. Yesterday it was the song “Forevermore” by Jesus Culture. The first part of the song goes like this…
Hope, hope is alive in me
For all the world to see
That You are good
Love, love changes everything
Your love has rescued me
Now I am Yours
You took hold of my life
Now all of my love is Yours
All that I have is Yours
My soul will praise
Let’s remember God’s love for us. Let’s think of that love when we ask someone to do something that we as straight people would never consider doing…hiding our love. “Love, love changes everything”
Because love matters…