Friday, December 12, 2008

Is There Something You Are Hiding?

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. ~ Luke 12:2

A little girl stole a pretty red barrette from her cousin. Cleverly she slipped it into her dress pocket.

When confronted by her cousin, she denied having it. Upon examination by her mother and aunt, she carefully and with slight of hand removed the barrette showing her pockets to be empty. Thus, she convinced the adults that she was being wrongly accused.

As her family drove away leaving her cousin in tears, she glowed in triumphant thievery.

Yet, the story does not end here.

Nearing her home, the thought suddenly entered her mind that she wouldn’t be able to wear the barrette. Certainly her mother would know where it had come from. Most definitely she would be punished for this offence. It seemed as though the barrette was now burning a hole in her hand. She no longer glowed in triumph, rather she smoldered in torment of mind. What would she do?

Upon arrival home, she wanted nothing more than to be rid of the whole thing. So, she decided to hide the barrette and to do so as quickly as possible. Thus, she bounded into the house and hastily tucked the little red barrette into the first thing she saw.

That first thing she saw just happened to be the family Bible.

No doubt, Providence would have it so.

A few moments later, her father entered the room and noticed a lump in the Bible. What did he find but the little red barrette! Truly, her sin had found her out!

Needless to say, she was chastised for her transgression. She was also humbled in that she was made to call and confess her sins to her aunt and cousin. The stolen item was returned to it's rightful owner at the first available opportunity.

Just like the little girl in this story, there are many who think they can hide their sins from God. But, they too will one day learn that there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.

Is there something you are hiding?