No one truly loves you until they have seen every dark shadow inside you and stayed. It was just another meme on Facebook. Just another quote designed to get clicks, created to appeal to people’s sense of romance. It helps us remember how blessed we are when people put up with our faults. When they see us at our lowest and they stick around anyway. There’s only one problem with the sentiment of the statement: no one has ever really seen every dark shadow inside of us.
And, this is a truth that we have a hard time wrapping our heads around. It’s something that we don’t like to think about: the depth of our sin. But, if we really want to be honest with ourselves, we know that there are parts of our wicked hearts that we will never reveal to anyone. There are things inside of us that would cause everyone we know to walk away. Our sin problem is so much bigger than we care to admit.
But, when we do take a head-spinning moment to recognize how deep and pitch black the pit of sin really is, not in other people, but in ourselves, we don’t have to despair. We don’t have to live in fear of being abandoned by our all-knowing God. He sees every dark shadow inside of us. Every single one. And, He is never going anywhere. Others may walk out on you. Others may give up on you.