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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

TITLE: The Mask of Control
By Lynne Gaunt


The Mask of Control

I was in my early 20ís when I found it.
I stumbled across it really.
I put it on before I even knew what it was.
It fit beautifully.

When I looked through the eyeholes of my new Mask,
I became acutely aware of possibilities and how to achieve them
I could also see consequences and the most clever ways to avoid them.
My Mask made me feel smart.
And it seemed to bring on the admiration of others.
My Mask was power.

But I was deceived.
I didnít realize the mockery of the Mask for a very long time.
I was blinded by the same eyeholes that had given me such sight!
The pride and easy successes of my youth
Fed the flames of my desire to keep wearing it.
I was fooled.
Disaster loomed.

In my hunger for power over my life,
In my desire to master my future,
The view from my Mask guided my choices.
Soon the pursuit of power brought great weariness.
No longer in control - but controlled.
I was trapped.
I could not free myself.

My faithful Father did not leave me captive.
Though saddened by my stubborn, hard heart,
He allowed me to feel the painful results
Of my self-guided attempts to be god in my life.
Each time I suffered, my eyes opened more
To the ugliness of the Mask I wore.
So I took the chance Ė
I ripped off my Mask!

Desperation had led me here,
To the point that I took the chance.
At that moment I could feel God reach me
I surrendered to his Sovereign design.
True peace and rest at last were mine.
So simple, why hadnít I seen it?
But of course Ė
It was the Mask.

Since the day I tore off the Mask of Control
I have struggled to retain true sight.
My Mask still looks appealing at times.
Now and then I test to see if it still fits.
But my Savior is faithful to teach me,
And he doesnít let me wear it for long
Before I am reminded that itís only a lie,
No one controls
But God alone.

Jesus knew that this Mask would fool us.
Itís a trap, not just for me, but for all.
Jesus taught his disciples not to burden themselves
With things that this world holds so dear.
He said, ďYou worry yourselves, and carry such loads,
These burdens werenít meant to be yours.
Learn from me to be gentle and humble in heart,
My way will bring rest for your souls.Ē

The Mask is a lie from Satan himself.
Donít allow him any more victory.
Cast off the Mask and turn to Christ Jesus,
Walk full-sighted in his way and rest.

Member Comments
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Lynda Lee Schab 06/28/04
We do all have masks we wear from time to time - your article is a gentle reminder that it's only when we are who we're created to be that we achieve the rest God desires for us. Words flowed nicely...Well done! Blessings, Lynda Schab
Sylvia Spielman06/28/04
Lynne, I can tell you have personally walked this path. It is amazing how much control we give to our ego. Isn't it wonderful to have a Heavenly Father who cares about who we are, not just what we do. I really enjoyed your rendition. Blessings.
Lana Fletcher06/28/04
I loved this because I related so much to several things.
First that we put the mask on very young. I remember feeling I was responsible to keep the whole world together. But if I didn't notice something I couldn't be held responsible, I thought, so I did a lot of 'not noticing.'
Second, it takes a long time to figure out the problem.
Third, that God is faithful to find a way to teach us why we are miserable and making everyone around us miserable.
I marvel each time someone shares with me how He reached them, as I marvel at how He reached me.
L.M. Lee06/29/04
the mask is a lie...boy how many times to i have to make sure i'm no living behind satan's masks of deception!
Deborah Porter 06/30/04
Oh Lynne, how true is this. I guess it's only when we let down the masks that we are able to enjoy the fullness of life that Christ has given us. With love, Deb
Melanie Kerr 06/30/04
I like your rewording of Jesus' words from Matthew's gospel - we were not designed to carry such heavy burdens.