Today is World Emoji Day – does that mean we will see smiling faces everywhere?
But are they fake or genuine smiles?
We don’t have to put on a fake smile with God, He sees our heart and He knows how we are feeling, and we can have honest conversations with Him.
The psalms are examples of where the psalmist feels free to express honestly exactly how he is feeling – confusion, anger, frustration and pain:
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:1-2
Sometimes it is as we offload all of our questions and all of our anger, frustration, and fear onto God, there comes a divine exchange – as we let go of our hurt, we receive comfort from Him. It is when we are honest with Him acknowledging our own need that God can move in and with a whisper bring peace to our spirit. Then we can recall and reflect on God’s goodness, His unfailing love towards us and the gift of our salvation.
But a genuine smile, when we know the peace that passes all understanding, when we know our identity in God, when we know how much we are loved and cherished, that enables us to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.
We can be real and genuine with our emotions.
A smile is infectious it can be a blessing, and bless someone else, as they see the love of God shining out of us…..
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.Numbers 6:25
This post is written as part of the Five Minute Friday linkup – where we write for five minutes on a one word prompt. Today’s word was ‘Smile’