I was ready. This wasn’t my first rodeo, so I fasted before the lab tests, just in case they’d forgotten to tell me. As I followed the tech down the hall, she studied my lab sheet and said,
“So- let’s see… when was the last time you ate?”
“12 hours ago.”
“Great….and no coffee, or gum or mints or…”
“Nope, no coffee, gum, …umm…well…uh…I did have three little Altoids, just a few minutes ago…three little Al…”
She came to such an abrupt halt, I nearly ran into the back of her.
By her look of horror, you’d think I’d just said,
“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”
Well, one thing led to another, and 20 hours from the start of this whole thing, I ended up the poster child for World Hunger-well, in my shallow little world, anyway.
Three Altoids. Partaking of them can’t possibly be considered indulgent, I didn’t even enjoy them. What possible effect could they have on the big picture? I should’ve messed up on an accidental hot-fudge sundae instead.
Well, apparently, those little white devils distort the truth, and thus the outcome of the tests, assessments and treatments.
Three mini-mints, like the mini-sins I ignore, or justify, or reason away as being no big deal—
The smirk, the disparaging remark, the tiny indulgences no one sees—they distort truth, and affect my over-all responsiveness to the Lord and others. I could be the next poster child for
Better to confess and start over. The hunger will end in the sweet satisfaction of Truth revealed.
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I didn’t laugh.” But the LORD said, “No, you did laugh.” Genesis 18:15
A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. Pro. 15:14
Create in me a clean heart oh Lord, and renew a right spirit in me. Psalm 51:10
For He satisfies the thirsty, and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9