I was exhausted.... our family had been traveling for over two weeks... and had just gotten home late the night before...The phone rang. It was a woman who attended the same church we did and she wanted to come over and visit. I didn't know her that well...and...I didn't want to hurt her feelings...but, more than that, I was NOT IN THE MOOD FOR COMPANY. So..I made up a story about something or other that I was doing. I can't remember why I thought a lie was necessary. Anyway..she completely understood, said we'd do it another day, and that was that. Except.. that.. when I turned around, my eight-year-old son was standing there and he said, "Mom, you just lied to her."
My first reaction, after being caught red-handed was to explain it away. To tell my son ANOTHER lie about the FIRST lie. To just brush it off. But, I looked in his eyes...and...something inside me knew it was an important moment. So I said, "You're right. I did." And I picked up the phone and called the woman back and told her the truth and apologized to her for lying to her... I apologized and my son watched me do it. This did not go down easy. She was offended. I was embarrassed. I wish I had just told the truth... because undoing the lying was more painful than telling the truth in the first place. I remembered that day that I am living my life under secret surveillance. It wasn't just my son who saw me lie that day. The Lord SAW. The LORD SEES. This is a good thing to remember when someone is being unkind to you. This is a good thing to remember when you want to be unkind to someone. God SEES it all. The way you treat your children when no one is around - God SEES. The way you treat your husband - God SEES. The way your husband treats you - God SEES. God SEES every thing you do. God SEES every thought you think. God SEES every motive you have. You are not alone. You are not in control. You have to answer to Someone. Every person alive has to answer to Someone. His name is God. You are under not-so-secret surveillance. He plainly tells us all that HE IS WATCHING... so.. today.. Live accordingly.
"The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good." Proverbs 15:3