I’m going to tell on myself, but it’s just too funny not to tell. When Steve and I first married, I was the world’s worst house keeper. I hated to clean, plus I wasn’t a dang maid! Geez!
There was numerous times, when we were having a bunch of people over, that I would pile all the dirty clothes in the bathtub and pull the curtain closed. On more than one occasion, I stuffed my oven full of dirty dishes. I sure hope I’m not the only one to have done these things!
One night, while entertaining friends, someone got the bright idea to cook a frozen pizza, and I was all for it! “Yeah! That sounds great! Let me see what I have.” I put the pizza on the pan and turn on the oven. My friend opens the oven door to slide the pizza in and that’s when I remember!
I just stood there frozen. When my friend saw all the dishes, she had a shocked look on her face. I started profusely apologizing. We all started laughing. I turned off the oven and we all went to Waffle House. From that point on, people would check the oven before deciding to cook, and I had to find a better hiding place for dirty dishes. Fun times!
I remember the days of living in sin and how, much like hiding my dirty dishes, it took more work to cover my tracks than it would have to just do the right thing in the first place. Mark 4:22 says, “For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.” Eventually, somebody opens your oven, so to speak.
I’ve also been the “oven opener” and acted totally shocked by someone else’s sin. As if theirs was worse than mine. “I can’t believe they would do something like that!” has been a sentence that has come from my mouth more than I care to admit. The nerve of me thinking my sin wasn’t quite as bad as theirs. Get the dirty dishes out of your own oven before you start telling someone else how to clean house!
Sin is sin, and the fact of the matter is, we can do all the hiding we want, but eventually it catches up with us. We might be able to hide things from people for awhile, but God always knows. We can’t hide anything from Him. The good thing is, He is always willing to forgive and His love for us never fades!
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13