Be Sure Your Sins Will Find You Out

My mom always says, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” I think what she was says was you’ll get caught one way or the other if you do something wrong. Even if no one on earth finds out about it, God knows.

I was reminded out this quote today due to a humorous story from our house. And it also reminds me of a story from my past that I will share with you as well. First, today our family decided to celebrate Labor Day by spending the day at our local YMCA. Today was the last day for the outdoor pool, and the weather was spectacular. Upon our departure from our house, we left our dog (Iso) uncrated and left to roam the house. He is not permitted to go upstairs in the house, and he knows it. Well, here’s where the quote comes in. When we arrived five hours later, we couldn’t find Iso. We searched all over the place, calling for him, whistling for him, and starting to worry that he had somehow escaped. I frantically ran back upstairs to see if he had somehow locked himself in a closet or a room with the door closed, and guess where I found him? In the bathroom. Apparently, he went in there, and the door blew shut behind him. Leaving him stuck there until we arrived home. Shame. Shame. Shame. (We were relieved to find him.)

This reminds me of a story from my childhood in Wheaton, Illinois. Sometime around 1st or 2nd grade, I decided to head off with one of my friends on a bicycle adventure outside the boundaries that my parents had set for me. I was sure that I could make it back home without being missed. Unfortunately, my pant leg got stuck in my bicycle chain when I was way out of bounds. I was left to get a ride home from a stranger who had to cut my pant leg just to free me from my bicycle. I can still remember the disappointment in my parents eyes when I arrived home. I can still hear my mom saying, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” I was caught! Being grounded for a week did a lot to teach me the importance of letting my parents know where I was going and of keeping within the boundaries that they had laid out.

I’m thankful that God gave me a few mild episodes like this to teach me important lessons that would valuable for the rest of my life.

Until the next post….