26 Jan 1998

Covering It Up

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Cats do it; or at least they make an attempt. Dogs ... most don't even bother. But there are some conscientious canines who have the decency to cover their droppings. And I say, "Hats off to these proud, prestigious, pureblooded, proper pooches who premeditatedly pursue and practice piety and privacy in the proficiency of their poo-poo procedures". Yeah, I was pretty bored when I came up with that!

We had a Toy Collie when I was growing up. You've seen them, they're those little runts with that high-pitched rapid bark, but they resemble real collies. Don't get me wrong, I loved my little dog and wouldn't have traded her for anything, but the truth is the truth; I mean they do call them toy collies.

Let me tell you, we had a lot of fun with "Holly". You know, regular kid-kinda fun ... like giving her taffy to eat. She loved the stuff, but it took forever for her to chew it up and get it off her teeth. She would roll and whine and flail so much that you might think she was in pain. But as soon as she got it all down she was begging for more. We couldn't have received such entertainment for so small a sacrifice any where else ... let me tell you, we laughed for hours. Rotten little kids!

There was another thing Holly would do that gave us the giggles. She was one of those animals that "made the attempt". Mind you, she never covered it up that I knew of, but she sure put on a show.

Have you ever seen a dog laugh? I don't mean like in response to a joke or anything like that, but have you ever witnessed a canine that looks as if it was thoroughly amused? Well, Toy Collies are excitable little creatures, and their mouths are shaped so that when they bark and pant you might think they were laughing at the whole world!

Now, see if you can visualize the scene we found so funny as children. Here's our little fluffy dog, after finishing her business, making an attempt to cover it up. Her rear legs are viciously kicking up grass and dirt which is landing to either side of the intended target. On top of this ridiculous picture, imagine my little dog appearing to be laughing her head off! I know, I know, it didn't take much to humor us, but if you had been there I'll bet you would have giggled along with us. The strange thing was that after she was done with the ordeal she would check out the results and walk away quite satisfied!

How is it that anybody finds confidence in their cover-ups? Somehow there is the illusion that the thing is truly hidden or else we would not have walked away with a sense of satisfaction. But there always seems to be some unknown factor. The presence of this element has driven the endless search for the "perfect crime" down through history. If this unknown was something we could deal with, then there would have been a higher success ratio than the zero percent we now face. Maybe if this unknown didn't have a name and a consciousness we could get away with murder, but as the song goes, "Every party has a pooper, that's why we invited you!" At least, that's the real feeling we have toward the invisible man who makes sure that what goes around, comes around!

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13

... for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known Matthew 10:26

Now, usually the religious crowd quotes these verses to the "pagans" and "heathen"; for they assume that they have no understanding of such concepts. The odd thing is that many who are outside the realm of the organized church know all too well that somebody is stacking the cards against them. These particular verses were written and/or spoken to those who made the pretense of believing in the true God of the Bible! These are the guys that you would have assumed to have really known this stuff. I am not suggesting that if you are "outside" the church then you are okay. What I will tell you is this: the closer you come to the light, the more effort you must expend to keep up the illusion that your stuff is covered! The instinct to hide it is the same. How much dirt you gotta kick over it to satisfy your own conscience is just a matter of degree.

Can you see my dog? Come on, admit it ... doesn't she look ridiculous? If you could see as God sees you might laugh at all the attempts of using the dark as a cover-up. But then again, if you could see as God sees, all of your thoughts would have to be rearranged. Don't you think?

Comments

This is very good! Funny and a real and honest description of the openness[not the worldly kind] in all things that comes through Him.

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