All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. –Psalm 22:17
It’s a recurring dream — you may have had a similar one. I’m walking through a school or a church, rushing to get somewhere, and I realize I’m wearing only my underwear!
The rest of the dream is spent desperately trying to find something else to wear, and failing spectacularly. Sometimes people notice, point, and laugh. Always I feel extremely vulnerable.
I think that’s the point of that particular dream. It’s a subconscious reflection of me feeling vulnerable about something. My near nakedness in the dream symbolizes an inability to hide myself from others.
Dreams of being naked or near naked frequently make Top 10 lists of common dreams. We have these dreams because many of us share that same fear: Forced to reveal ourselves more than is comfortable.
This is not just physical, having our “bones on display”. It’s more mental or even spiritual. Having our inner most thoughts, fantasies and fears displayed for others. Near panic at the notion of people knowing the real us.
What would have to change to make all those scary dreams go away? Could the world decide it’s time to shed any unneeded clothes and walk around just as God made us? Or if we all took a couple years of therapy could we develop a healthier self esteem, with no need to hold back who we are?
It just seems such a shame that you and I, created in God’s Image, have to spend so much energy trying to obscure ourselves from others. It must be some consequence of our sinful nature that our very thoughts and traits can seem unsuitable for public viewing.
This is something we can work on. We can seek to be more transparent, less terrified of being vulnerable. We can admit our faults, be faithful with our gifts, and trust to be covered by Grace when our undies are showing.
Come to think of it, many of the people I most admire are those whose soul shines so brilliantly, I don’t even notice how much they’re covered up. These are the people whose faith helps them clothe those around them in Christ.
I want to be one of those people. The more aggressively I practice this kind of faith, the less I’ll have that dream. That’s the premise I’m adopting, anyway…
If that takes stripping down to my spiritual skivvies, so be it.
As for my physical body?
That’s, for now,
a subject I’ve thoroughly covered.
Have a Great Week,