The following is a guest post by Cheradee, a reader of this blog, a college student, born-again Christian, and anime fan. If you have an interesting idea for an article, feel free to send us your own guest submission for review.
Kokoro Connect centers around five first-year students who for different circumstances, ended up with no club to join so they formed their own club. Weird things started to happen on them one after the other, specifically swapping of souls, uncontrollable actions driven by their emotions and regressing to become younger. These incidents led them to learn each other’s secrets: things that they don’t want others to know about them and they don’t realize about themselves. Because of this, they developed a deeper understanding of each other and a stronger bond of friendship.
We all have something that we don’t want to show others or we don’t want them to know. Yet there is someone who knows everything about us:
You [Lord] know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely.
– Psalm 139:2-4
There may be some painful experiences, bad personalities, fears, doubts and other things that we don’t want others to know, but they are never hidden from God.
Is this a good or a bad thing? I personally think of it as good. He knows when I’m in need, when I’m frustrated, when I’m lonely, when I’m depressed, when I’m sick, when I’m angry, when I’m happy, when I’m afraid, when I’m hurt, when I’m in love, what I need, what I feel, what I want, what I hope, what I’ve been through, my past, my weaknesses, my strengths, my sins, my loneliness, my joy and everything else. He knows my innermost being that has the natural tendency to doubt, to hurt, to hide, to sin but he does not condemn me for those. He stretches his hand out to me and still welcomes me to his family. He understands me more than I could ever understand myself and loves me just the way I am:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 8:38-39
Do you have some secrets that you are afraid to let others know because they might criticize you for them? Do not worry. God knows all of them but He loves you still.