OK, so let me explain this photo. Near our home there is a shopping center with a hardware store, a few doctor’s offices, a discount department store, a freestanding Waffle House and a few other restaurants including the world’s great chinese take-out. The center decorates for Christmas, as do many public places. The hang stockings and Christmas tress on the light posts and call it festive. That is great in December.
It is now almost April.
This is the last decoration hanging. It is tucked off to one side of the center, behind the Waffle House and blocked from the parking lot by palm trees. Very easy to miss when taking down the rest. No one will see it. Out of sight, out of mind.
But, from the street it is clear as can be. For all who drive by to see. 3 months after Christmas.
How often do we feel this way? If I hide the mess in the closet, the house will be “clean.” I can put the papers in a drawer and deal with them later. Just shut the blinds and the collection of rusty tools doesn’t exist. All that is well and good, look around my house and you will see these are not guesses. But, what about when we try to hide who we are? Does noone know that you envy your friend’s pretty wife or your neighbor’s expensive car? Nobody sees the desires you have when on the internet? They can’t hear the comments you make to yourself about someone you don’t like? These are the things that we feel are natural and human. As long as we don’t act on them, we are OK, right? Out of sight, out of mind. Right?
God knows. God sees. God hears.
“Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” – Isaiah 29:15
This is not a judgement, it is an observation of my own life that I am sharing with you. God knows the launguage I use when at my job. What about my frustration whe driving behind someone I think is too slow? Or the odservations that pop in my head when a fashion tradegy walks by at the mall? As long as I don’t say bad things in front of my “God” friends I am OK, right?
Wrong. God formed us and can see our shortcomings and flaws even when the rest of the world is blocked from them. He knows, that is the bad news. He knows these things and still loves us, that is the good news. It is now my job to live, knowing that God is there, so that one day He will be proud to call me His. I must take down my own stockings, no matter who else sees them.
What stockings do you think you are hiding from God?