My Mother tried in vain to interest me in sewing. Somehow, it never took. But at least I know not to pull or cut a dangling thread! I thought about her as I carefully poked with my needle that offending loose thread through the backside of the material to hide it. Had I cut it, a hole would have appeared spoiling the look. And if I had pulled that dangling thread, it would have bunched up the material. Now, no one would know about the thread, hidden out of sight. Who looks at the back side anyway!
Today’s verse tells us who looks behind and underneath, seeing everything we are trying to hide. Nothing is hidden from God. He sees it all. The mistakes, the folly and the guilt are all visible to Him. We are quite adept at presenting a correct image to others. No one would imagine all those loose hanging threads with being so put together. We can recite verses. We can speak the Christian lingo. We can say the most beautiful prayers. But underneath, it’s a different story.
He knows when I seethe inside from anger. He sees when I look at others with a critical spirit. He knows my ugly selfish thoughts. Sometimes, I hide it all so well that I myself am not even aware. That is why the heart is described as “deceitful” above all things (Jer. 17:9). But what I hide from others and from myself is not hidden from Him. In His grace and love He waits for me to come clean. Then, with His forgiveness I truly am clean!
Thank you Lord, that You are faithful and just to forgive it all!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)