Out Of Sight by JW Kaiser
Even with all the big airs and big waves in surfing today, my favorite thing is still someone pulling deep inside a pitting barrel- and just when it looks like there is no hope of them to make it, they come flying out with the spit or escape through the “doggie door.”
Think about all that is going on in that situation that we can’t see from the beach or while viewing a video. Inside that barrel the surfer is focused, maybe manufacturing some sort of hope and no doubt sinking their toes into the wax of their boards to hang on for dear life.
What is going on in your life that is out of sight from others for whatever reason? What about the opposite scenario? What is going on in other peoples lives that is hidden from you? The quiet desperations and disappointments we all are dealing with are more daunting than a spitting barrel at Puerto Escondido or “Chopes.” I’ve heard it said that we are all carrying burdens that we can hardly bear.
What can we do to help others with a burden that is out of sight or hidden? The answer starts with our ability to be humble and vulnerable. Thankfully, we don’t have to manufacture this on our own. Jesus already has modeled this for us. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself, by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross!” Phil 2:8
As hard as it is we must bring to light what is hidden from sight, and humble ourselves. A spirit of confession and vulnerability will allow us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”Gal 6:2. As we model this, others will follow.
We cheer as surfers come flying out from the unseen of the deep pits of barrels. How much more encouraging would it be to live vulnerably together so we can carry each other’s burdens? What was out of sight, when brought into the light, can bring life in Christ.