Last night at youth group, a ping pong ball got broken. I know, right… Huge traumatic deal! Ok, maybe not such a big deal. The thing is, a girl came asking me for a ball because they couldn’t find one. I asked the kids who I knew had been playing ping pong last if they remembered where they put the ball when they were done. “We don’t have it.”
“I know you don’t have it, but do you know where it is.”
“Where did you leave it?” (Knowing that ping pong balls don’t generally go biped and walk off, I thought this was a pretty good question.)
“We didn’t do anything.”
“I didn’t accuse you of doing anything.”
“We broke it.”
Actually the confession was more like “We were hitting it and it broke all by itself.” but the bottom line is the ping pong ball was toast.
Having no emotional attachment to the ping pong ball, I went to my office and got out a new one. No big deal. What is a big deal though is the way we try to cover up our secrets with lies. As soon as I asked about the ball, the boy got defensive and lied to me. Over a ping pong ball!
This is nothing new. Adam hid from God in the garden. Cain claimed ignorance of his brother’s location even as he knew Abel’s body lay right where he took the life from it. David covered up the theft of his neighbor’s wife with a sneaky plan. When that didn’t work, he made sure Urriah wouldn’t live to know the truth. Ananias and Saphira lied to the apostles to cover up previous dishonesty.
At the crossroads, there is no room for hiding. Here, you must stand out in the open before God and bare your soul to Him. If there is any hope of finding your way (and there is), it requires you to show yourself. To openly place yourself in the hands that have so wonderfully made you. Hands that already know you.
Check out Psalm 39. Go ahead, read what you find at that link, then come back and answer these questions.
What are you trying to hide from God? How is that affecting your relationship with Him?
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it…”
See you at the crossroads.