As we go through painful events in our lives, we can sweep them under the rug, and not acknowledge them or we can choose to see them only in a light we can accept. However, in doing so, we fail to grieve over our hurts and losses. By wearing masks, we try to protect our hearts and hide who we really are, and what we don't won't to face. But this kind of masquerade blocks our maturity and our ability to have intimacy with God and others. Don't ever fear allowing God to hold your hand and help you see the reality of your pain and how he has been working through the painful experiences in your life.