When I was growing up in the 80’s there were a number of great cartoons. G.I Joe, Voltron, and Mask were among my favorites. These cartoons were great, but my all time favorite cartoon was Transformers. I couldn’t tell you why I liked it better than the others exactly, but I knew I would follow Optimus Prime into battle without hesitation. I believe it was because he was an inspirational leader that always tried to do the right thing while encouraging others to do the same.
I think the phrase that sticks out the most to me while watching the cartoon and then the current run of Transformer movies is the phrase “more than meets the eye”. The transformers hide in plain site. They are typically giant robots. a Thirty foot giant robot can be difficult to hide so they make their way through the world disguised at trucks, cars, planes and other everyday objects.
Transformers hide in plain sight, and I think people do it to. We put on our public persona’s and we hide ourselves from the world. When asked how we are doing we may answer with fine or good. In reality, our life is privately a mess. We all wear masks. We hide behind them with the hope that nobody will be able to see how broken or messed up we really are. In fact, we do this so often that sometimes we forget who we truly are and begin to believe the lies we tell others.
I think this is why honest self-examination is so important to faith formation. There is more to each of us than meets they eye. Sometimes there is more to us than we realize about ourselves because we have been hiding the truth for so long. If you have been hiding behind your masks, then consider this from Psalm 139.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
May we allow God to search the very depths of our soul and reveal to us why he hide behind our masks. May He show each of us what is hidden in our hearts that He might transform us to be more like Jesus.
Questions for reflection:
- What masks do you wear that keep people from seeing the real you?
- What masks do you wear that are an attempt to hide something from God?
- Do you regularly put yourself before God to see if there is something in your life that needs to be dealt with?