Recently, while picking up some groceries at the store, we were noticing how strange it was to see everyone wearing masks over their faces. My wife asked me jokingly, “how do we know who the robber is?”
I have never thought so much about how important the lower half of my face is when it comes to communicating with people. Of course we use our mouths to talk, but you can still talk through a mask. What I mean is how people can’t quite see my expression. I feel like telling everyone “hey, I am smiling behind this mask – really – I am!”
I believe the Lord programmed us to behold each other’s faces and expressions. We need to see each other’s faces. I believe it is part of what makes us human. There is so much communication of love and friendship when we speak to each other face to face. Boy I am missing that right now.
Many times, the psalmist pleads with the Lord not to hide his face –
Psalm 102:2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
And the Lord turning his face toward us is a symbol of salvation –
Psalm 80:19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
I am so thankful to Jesus that he has turned his face of mercy toward me, though I have not deserved it. My brethren, although our faces are somewhat hidden from each other right now, we do not have to be hidden from the Lord. May we be even closer to Jesus Christ now than when our separation began. And I pray we all have an extra portion of his strength, love, grace, and mercy as we continue to walk with Him through this difficult time.
Looking forward to seeing all of your faces again!