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Unmasking Our True Design and How 2020 Helped

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

Giving credence to anything 2020 feels like betrayal. We’re all ready to bury the past year in a proverbial box deep in our dusty attic.

Good riddance.

However, if nothing is wasted in God’s economy, perhaps we simply need a little distance to view it properly. As a processor, I often need space and time to work through life events, large and small.

Maybe you’ve moved on, or maybe you’re like me, wondering, “What in the heck was that?!” Of course, we’re all tired of news commentators, political pundits, the crazy cat lady next door, and the extremists on one end or the other, opining conspiracy theories that may or may not have validity. Who really knows?

I long for normal...even while I’m not sure I want it back. 2020 was a pivotal year for me in learning more about who I am.

Unmasking our design is a hallmark of 2020, but maybe you haven’t realized it yet. Let’s look at a few of the ways this past year has helped reveal our God-given design.

2020 unmasked pretense. Absolutely no hiding behind schedules and work, school, church activities. No hiding behind the routines of life. Nada. With the halt on our daily routine, we all had time to ponder. Did you hear the smashed false identities crashing like glass? Did you feel something fall apart in you?

Brittle, fragile, false identities shattered into a million pieces against the pressures of 2020. Painful but productive. Many tiny fissures in our belief system, in our life structure, in a network of lies, crumbled under impact with the harsh realities of quarantines, sickness, loss.

2020 was hard. We all experienced great sorrow. Even so, the year had purpose.

2020 unmasked crazy. Without getting political, isn’t it remarkable how “unprecedented” times brought out the crazy in us all? No segment of society, around the globe, was unscathed. I felt a little crazy myself watching the weirdness unleashed on a global scale.

Inside our own skins, did we recognize our own form of crazy? Irrational expectations? Stress out the whazoo? Anger eruptions? Lashing out at loved ones who didn’t look quite so lovely after 24/7 for months on end?

2020 unmasked dependence on entertainment. The illusion shimmered and the icons faltered. Our reliance on diversionary tactics was pulled out from under us like a slapstick comedy rug. No sports. No theater. No new TV shows. With little to divert our attention, the elephants (yes, more than one) were difficult to ignore, both personal and societal.

2020 unmasked deception. The problem with deception is it is deceptive, difficult to perceive, hard to discern. We believed our lives had value for XXX reasons. 2020 revealed otherwise; it unveiled truth.

As the year wore on, we began to value things we probably didn’t notice before: the beauty of a walk in the park or bike ride along the river, the importance of celebrations, a kind word between siblings, the pleasure of a home cooked meal, the value of quality family time, the joy of connecting with loved ones who don’t live in our home, the true worth of teachers, healthcare workers, hairstylists, and the list goes on and on.

We value all we missed. Would we have noticed without the stark wake-up call of 2020?

2020 unmasked sorrow. Besides the obvious sorrows of an economic shutdown, hundreds of thousands dying globally, marriages strained to breaking, job loss, distance learning, and so much more, sorrow over our own internal deficiencies was oh so glaring and staring back at us in the mirror. We experienced grief over past mistakes, bad life choices made by ourselves and others, and real human tragedies that impact all our current realities.

2020 revealed our personal lack. A hard place to be, but valuable. Seeing our lack draws us toward the fullness of a loving, forgiving, saving God.

2020 unmasked our need for God. Our pretty little lives were turned upside down and shaken like rag dolls. Yes, I’m a mess in dire need of a Savior. I don’t need a church building, a pew, a program, or a latte in the lobby. I need Jesus, God with flesh on. The real deal. Without pretense, I need to give him my crazy and let him show me who he is — and who I am.

2020 unmasked our original design. Were you paying close attention? After the anger, the sadness for loss, the crazy, what was the boiled-down, crushed-to-the-core YOU that peeked, or blazed, through?

One vital reason for this season has been to unmask our true design. Our God-given design is being revealed — those qualities that comprise the essence of our remarkable, unique, quirky, wonderful selves.

Personally, I discovered an artist’s soul, one who paints with words and writes with colors. I like her.

God is unmasking your true, intimate design too, friend, no matter your age. Let him speak life into your identity. He is digging all of us deeper to grow us higher.

A delightful consequence from a catastrophic year, don’t you think?


“I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters! For against its will the universe itself has had to endure the empty futility resulting from the consequences of human sin. But now, with eager expectation, all creation longs for freedom from its slavery to decay and to experience with us the wonderful freedom coming to God’s children.” Romans‬ ‭8:18-21‬ ‭TPT‬‬


Take the God-Given Design Quiz!

Just as a fun starting point to help unlock your original design, take this quiz I designed. Don’t overthink it...go with your first thought after reading through the questions and list of possible responses. What primary design gift did you get? I’d love to hear. ❤️ Then check out the other options to see if another one more closely fits your true design! CLICK HERE!

I’m now on Fine Art America, which offers artwork prints and products with my art on cups, pillows, masks, notecards and more! Sweet pillow, huh?! CLICK HERE.

Blessings, friend!



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