Unveiled Faces

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
– 2 Corinthians 3:18

This little verse has captured my imagination for years. "Unveiled faces..."

For years, I mistook my faith as veil that was placed over my "sinful and distorted" face; something that covered me and protected me, not uncovered me. That understanding left me feeling horribly discouraged about myself and other people. Today, my understanding is completely reversed.

The first thing my faith unveils is the reality of who I and everyone else really are:

"God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."
– Genesis 1

So, this is who we are and why God calls for us to a spirituality of unveiling, not covering up. Because, before "original sin," before life happened to me, and before I made any decisions about myself, this was and is true. My anxieties, fears, and insecurities are veils over this truth and presence. They cover me and obscure my vision. It is sad to admit that I used Christianity as just another layer on top of them in an effort to satisfy their desperate needs. What a mistake.

My faith has been an unveiling of my face, my identity, and how I see others. It is about removing my layers of false identity and desperate needs for validation for the revelation of something that already resides within me.