Hiding

“…hide…”

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“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)

I was taking an afternoon walk a couple of days ago when I looked up just in time to see the fellow in this picture perched on some cables stretched across the road from pole to pole.  He had managed to wiggle his way through the wild grape vines that used the wires to traverse the road.  I have to wonder if this guy thought he was truly hidden behind the vines because even when I walked right under him, he kept his perch without moving a muscle.  We don’t have “tame” squirrels in our neck of the woods, so most of them scramble away pretty quickly when approached.  “Can’t see me,” he must have been saying to himself.

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I remember sitting with a group of youth several years ago, listening to them discuss the proverbial question, “Is it okay to cheat?”  I winced when I heard one say, “Sure, as long as you don’t get caught.”  Sounds like a slightly older version of the child who stands alone in the kitchen, drooling over the plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  Seeing and hearing no one, and convinced that his actions are hidden from mom and tattling siblings, he snitches a cookie and inhales it before running out of the room.  I wonder how long it took him in his time-out chair to figure out that the slight smudge of chocolate on his cheek revealed the truth about the lie he had told his mother.  “No, I didn’t eat any cookies.”  “Who sees us, who will know,” we ask ourselves as we prepare to hide our deeds in the darkness.

Let’s face it, if I had been a hunter with a shotgun instead of a camera, and if that squirrel had been trying to hide in those vines on a tree limb in the woods instead of a cable over the road by the church, he would have been stew meat in a matter of minutes.  Our thinly veiled efforts to hide our deeds of the darkness are always much more vulnerable to failure than we want to believe.  It’s far easier for us to be “seen” than we imagine when our deeds of the darkness have us convinced that no one will see us and no will know.

If we’re not careful, our deeds of the darkness can convince us that no one will see us and no one will know, right up to the point (and even beyond) where we start to see our lives come crashing down around us.  It’s a very powerful and convincing voice in our heads that says, “Who sees us?  Who will know?’  One thing is for certain, it’s not the voice of God.  If we feel the urge or need to hide, we’re probably not listening to the right voice.  I pray that God will scream in my ear when the other voice tries to lead me to the darkness.

Blessings and Peace,
Gary
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on January 26, 2011.

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