The experience of awkwardness and shame is not to be minimised, denied, ignored or, worst of all, hidden. Owning shame is the precursor to experiencing grace.
From Sammy Rhodes:
If you look behind your awkward moments, you will almost always find shame. Shame is exactly what Adam and Eve experienced in the Bible in Genesis 3. After failing in a pretty spectacu— lar way, they were incredibly afraid to meet God, so they covered themselves with fig leaves and hid. It was the first awkward moment in the history of the universe; it was the first walk of shame, too, and it happened to be away from God. It’s hard to know exactly what Adam and Eve were thinking after they realized their sin. They seem to do a good bit of minimizing, blaming, and covering. Instead of going to God in their newly realized nakedness, they tried to handle it themselves. Why? Shame.
Shame, simply put, is the subjective experience of objective guilt. It’s that moment where we know and feel that we’ve done something wrong. It’s always easier to live in shame than in vulnerability, to try to hide and cover ourselves instead of going to God (and others) with our brokenness. Adam and Eve covered their nakedness and hid from God, rather than being vulnerable with him about what really happened. Shame is like the invisibility cloak in Harry Potter, except the reason you don’t want people to see you is that you’re afraid if they really did they would run.
Sammy Rhodes, This Is Awkward, Thomas Nelson, 2016, pgs 5-6.