life printed on skin
a self-portrait must follow
this quote curled up and nested in my soul from the moment the words passed from eyes to mind.
for a long time today, i sat and pondered, because i wasn't sure why these words spun silken threads of Light around me and held so fast.
life printed on skin.
and then i was drawn back to brave.
because everyone sees your skin.
yes, you can cover certain areas with clothing, even bundled from head to toe if you so choose. but you know what's there when the lights go out and the garments slip from shoulder to floor.
it's not tucked away under flesh and blood and bone like secrets that even x-rays can't reach. it's like the tattoo that stands bold on my wrist, thick black lines that the whole world can see.
and it's a choice we have.
a self-portrait we must follow.
we can tuck down and hide, ducking behind the blankets and begging the world to close its eyes and just look away, just for another minute of invisibility.
but i feel like He holds out fingers to those corner-clingers, the ones that ache to hide in shadow. and He speaks of sacredness found in freedom, those footprints in the sand when we let Him left and carry.
i'm brave now, or at least, i'm striving.
striving hard to live eyes to the sky with outstretched arms, bare with scars and marks.
because He's in love with them, and so i must be, too.
in love with those lines and lines, thin and thick in black and white and whispers of technicolour of this self-portrait that whispers to His mercies, His glory, and His salvation.