On a spring afternoon, a group of young kids went to a local park for some fun with their adult chaperones. The kids didn’t get to play in a safe park often because they lived in a part of their city that has many dangerous challenges. But those adult chaperones gave the kids opportunities so they can just be kids and not have to worry about all the ugly that surrounds them.
The youngsters were told to stay in a specific part of the park. On the other side of a fence was a private party picnic and they couldn’t go beyond the fence.
As the time came to leave, one boy was missing. Looking for him, he was found walking toward them with face paint, a balloon in one hand and cotton candy in the other. Of course, by all the evidence, he had gone past the fence.
He was asked, “Did you go to the private party?” “No,” he answered. “Are you sure you didn’t go past the fence?” “Yes, I am,” was the boy’s reply. The adult summed up the conversation with, “Really?”
It made me think of how we go past a boundary and come back with the evidence all over us.
We think no one notices. Maybe we can fool people. But God knows. He never takes His eyes off us. For the moment, it may have felt fun or tasted good but in the long run was it worth it? I am sure God shakes His head and says, “Really?”
And if someone does notice the evidence and confronts us, we lie to hide the truth. Making up an untrue story or ignoring the question only sinks us deeper into the feeling of deception which is an uncomfortable place to sit. The desires that gave a quick fix blow away in the wind and we are left with a popped balloon, sticky fingers and faded paint on our face.
“So, let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Ged down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” James 4:7-10 (The Message)