Daily Devotional for Small Group Discussion: Naked Dreams
- In what ways do you guard yourself from “nakedness” (vulnerability, self-disclosure) in relationship to others in your life?
- In what ways do you guard yourself from “nakedness” in relationship to God?
- Who has shown you unconditional love even when—especially when—you are vulnerable? How do you extend that love and caring presence to others?
And before God no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must rend an account. – Hebrews 4:13 (NRSV)
I know I am not the only one to have had this dream, but I may be the only one to admit it in a widely read devotion. You know the dream. You are trying to get to an important event, only to realize you are missing some key items of clothing. Like pants. And even more essential items. Sometimes all of them.
In the dream, I look around, wondering if people in the crowd have noticed that I have taken the old television show, What Not to Wear, way too literally. And oddly enough, the people have not noticed, at least not yet. The nightmare commences with me trying to get from Point A to Point B without anyone noticing I have no clothes on.
Did I mention that in these dreams, I am often en route to a professional gathering? For me that would be church. But I have also had the dream about elementary school, violin recitals, and even one where I’m competing in the Olympics.
So this passage about God seeing us naked makes many of us a little uneasy. It’s like a bad dream we want to wake up from.
But here our anxiety is misplaced. God isn’t checking out our tan lines. God means to express that we are totally known, for better and for worse, even in ways that we would not want the world to know us. And in that state, we are loved. We will be examined, of course, but we will also be loved.
If anyone should see my soul naked, I would choose you, God, because you have seen it all. And still, you sent me Jesus. Amen.