Archive for February, 2010

Tattletale

February 25, 2010

I remember one year going to the public health clinic when I was in elementary school to get my immunization shots.  A couple of my older brothers were with me. I couldn’t wait for my mother to pick us up. I had something to tell. As soon as she arrived I said, “Mother, when we got our shots, Darrell cried, Jerry cried, but I didn’t cry!” One of my brothers yelled, “You are nothing but a tape recorder. You tell Momma everything.”

His pronouncement did not embarrass me. I was just reporting the facts. Now I know better. Just because it’s the “truth,” does not mean I need to shout it from the moutaintop. We live in a culture that prizes getting out the information as quickly as possible.  But do we really need to know or does our sharing say more about us than the victim?

If I share someone’s secrets or mishaps, am I motivated by jealousy, pride, unresolved conflict? I ask because I Peter 4:8 says: Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”  Proverbs 17:9 says “Disregarding another person’s faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends.” These verses are very direct and sobering. If I really love someone, why would I be so quick to expose their deepest secrets and shame?

I have to question the depth of my love when I can’t wait to “tell the truth” about someone and it would cause the hearer to think less of that person.

I’m so glad that God is not a tattletale. He covers all my faults and sins and does not take pleasure in exposing them for all to know. In fact, He places all of our sins in a net and casts them away as far as the east is from the west. That’s a true friend.

Yes, the “truth” may come out. But I don’t have to be the one to tell it.

Bull’s-eye Forecast

February 10, 2010

I’ll be able to say I survived the blizzard of 2010. The big snow in the Washington, DC area began last Friday morning, just as forecasters predicted. Folks took the weather reports seriously and flooded the supermarkets in case it would be days before they returned.

It snowed for more than 24 hours blanketing the area with 20 plus inches of snow. My thoughts? God is showing who is in charge. The seat of power for the federal government may be here…but God revealed His omnipotence. He disrupts plans and lives without apology. He has it like that. I love it! He did it again today when it snowed for 24 hours, this time a blizzard, with 50 plus inches of snow combined since last Friday.

Once again we all heeded the weather forecasters warning us the snow was coming. Yesterday was the first day I was able to drive since the weekend so I was out there as well, praying to run all my errands and “beat” the snowfall. I did.

But a question keeps looming for me. If we believe what the forecasters say, and they are fallible, why don’t we believe Jesus’ warning that the world is on its way out as we know it, and He’s coming back to receive those who acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior? The Bible is clear about the signs of His coming but few are rushing around to get their “spiritual houses” in order. It’s business as usual.

It’s too late to prepare for a blizzard in the midst of it. A wise person heeds the forecast and makes preparations. Heed God’s forecast. He always hits the bull’s-eye.