The school where I teach is a pretty small place.
My students experience the benefits of being a tight-knit family. They have people who love them, help them, hurt when they’re hurting.
They never walk through their days without others by their side—even when they’d rather be alone.
By second period, they’ve passed each other in the hallway, bumped elbows at the bathroom mirror, heard the whispered gossip at their lockers . . .
And they know, just as we all can see their trendy outfits and hairdos, we can often see the things they’d rather hide.
It can be hot under that spotlight when people know so much about you—especially on the days when you feel you barely know yourself.
Just like in a family, sometimes that very closeness that’s meant to be a comfort is what makes us guard ourselves all the more,
lest the ugly inner stuff—the anger, pettiness, jealousy, insecurity, fear—
spill out all over for everyone to see.
When the ugliness spills, it smudges our friendships and our reputations,
and the judgment that’s sure to follow breaks our hearts.
We wonder if the folks who know us best ever will ever let us forget who we’ve become in their eyes.
At those moments, it takes a stout heart to believe God loves us in spite of our inner mess.
That He sees deep inside us and yet never feels the need to lift Himself up by exposing us to others.
That He desires only that we see it—clearly and without excuse—for ourselves so that we might accept His provision.
Then God invites us to hold out our arms and let Him clothe us with Christ’s righteousness . . .
a one-size-fits-all covering that becomes a Veil of Grace.
And the magic is that if we view others through Christ’s Veil of Grace—
even when their pettiness, weakness, and failings are on display—
His breathtaking image, His lovely righteousness, overshadows anything else
and makes them beautiful in our sight.
Here’s the verse I’m claiming this week for life in small spaces. May God bless as I share it with my students as well.
“I delight greatly in the Lord. My soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
& arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest &
as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
And a bonus quote for when you need a fresh start . . .
Let’s look for glimpses of His glory today. Blessings, friends!
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