Come out of hiding

In my high school days (FGC Sokoto and USS Ilorin) and even in University (OAU, Ile-Ife), I used to be terribly shy of the limelight. I ran away from any activity that would put me in the forefront, especially extra-curricular activities like athletics and student groups. As recently as my time in GT Bank, I still suffered from some form of stage fright. Like many people in hiding, I knew I was talented, even in the areas I ran away from but my timidity got the better of me. I was content with letting my light shine in secret rather than the open.

Recently, before I left GT Bank and all through my time at McGill, I decided it was okay to be at the forefront and that I did not have to hide my light “under a bushel”. I decided it was okay to begin to emerge from hiding and that it was okay to be unpopular or to fail, in the open. I realized I was not sent here to exist in secret but to be a blessing, to shine, in the open.

I think there are many people presently in hiding, who are afraid of the intensity of their own light. It is time to come out of hiding. We impoverish ourselves and the world when we refuse to let our light shine.

The following oft cited poem by Marianne Williamson is apt:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

18 thoughts on “Come out of hiding

  1. Great post you have written Tolu, I had to give myself permission to shine couple of years ago. It is ok to step out into the limelight and use the gift and talent God's given us to bless others and to draw others to His glorious name. Thank you for a great piece.

  2. Thank you Buky. Thanks for your comments and for being a blessing through your blog – you write from the heart and that is refreshing. I remind myself of this often. Blogging for me is coming out of hiding and there are more areas we all need to come out of hiding and truly bless the world. I honestly think that each one of us is too small to contain what we carry and what is expected of us by God who made us is to use up every gifting, every talent for his glory. Thank you.

  3. Thanks Tolulope. I think we are all still a bit shy – I know I still am and need to come out more and as we let our light shine, we give others permission to do the same. Thanks for visiting. You have a rich blog.

  4. Excellent post!Came here from Buky's blog also.I reckon that we all have that little bit of shy in us and truly like the above poem states, when we let our lights shine; we give it to other people as well.God Bless.

  5. hello toluhow are you?thanks for sharing this article. it was really inspiring. it's great to see how we utilize the gifts of God in our lives in diverse manners.take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day.p.s. i cant find where to subscribe to your posts via email.

  6. First time here and I am already sure I would be back here like everyday feels like I found a kin-so that is my cavet just so you know :)(a big grin)I am still in the "war" to get me out of hiding. Marianne Williamson's poem is one that I've read over and again and it just does not lose it's potency.And I will also like to subscribe to your post via email, can't seem to find that function

  7. Thank you Ayo for your comments. I visited your blog. I have so many things to learn from you. Thank you DarLyn. I laughed when I saw your Caveat. I appreciate your comments. I cannot get over that poem myself. This blog for me is also part of the process of my unfolding little by little. I am still unfolding and what I have been is tiny compared to what I am yet to be, like all of us. I am unfolding from Source and there is so much more that I have not been, which I need to be before I expire. Thanks to you, Ayo and Buky for your comments about making my blog more reader friendly. I am making some changes, as you will see.

  8. Having said all that has been said, I think it needs to also be said that there are times when we need to be in hiding, because we are being formed for our assignment. Jesus was hidden for 30 years – Creator and savior of the world but born, can you imagine, amongst animals; hidden in Egypt and hidden underneath parents, human beings that he created! There is a time to be in hiding and for many of us, God's grace forces us into hiding, like a Joseph, before the time of manifestation comes. The deceiver also uses this principle because as I write this, there is likely a man in hiding who will deceive many people in the world, sadly, and make them think he is Messiah when he is truly the deceiver in human flesh. Very chilling. But wisdom is required to know when to hide and when to come out in the open. In the absence of wisdom, amazing grace hides us and nudges or launches us out into the open.

  9. He will, Tola or rather, he has. It is called grace. He has a greater stake in our success/fulfillment than we do. Many times we hide because of fear – I did. But realizing that I do not own myself or what I carry (gifts, talents) makes it easier to despise "failure" or shame. My creator-owner not only cares much more than I will ever do, but has also made all the provisions for the fulfillment of his creation/product. It makes me care less what others think. Check out my posts, "I am too small to contain what I carry", "when birds sing" and "true or right".

  10. Wow! Tolu, great post. I am truly blessed to have 'met' you.The poem you selected was spot on, every word of it is true and so resonates with me.I have already emerged from my place of hiding and I give God the glory. He he has continually confirmed in so many ways, that it is my time to shine for Him. I am trusting Him, every step of the way. Thank you for popping into my site from Buky's. God blee you, I have read a number of your posts, which have given me much food for thought.

  11. Thanks Carole. I am blessed to have 'met' you too. What you see here is part of my own emergence from hiding, which is still happening. But I am very grateful to God that I can be a blessing to you and to you for being blessed.

  12. I read both the post and your opposing comment and I find both complementary. Those who stay in hiding, the Lord is trying to push out so they can be a blessing and those who cannot live without the limelight, the Lord is trying to rein in so they can grow and mature. Both can be strengths and weaknesses, depending on whom and when.I thank God you're out of hiding.God bless.

  13. Thanks for your comments, Maid of Heart. I completely agree. I thank God I am emerging more each day.Thanks for all your great reflective comments.

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