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God is always watching

Holly Johnson

When I was very young — about the same age as my youngest daughter; she turns 5 in October — I loved to watch my mother put her makeup on.

I would ask my mom often if I could wear some. My mom had quite the collection of make-up. She had eye shadow, mascara, blush, concealer and my favorite back then — lipstick.

I would often try to sneak in her room and play with her make-up, but she would soon catch me… you know because Moms as we may have heard before, “have eyes in the back of their heads.”

My Mother would always say that, and I never quite understood that phrase until I became a mother myself. One day when my mom was washing the dishes and I thought my mom wouldn’t notice, I snuck into her room, grabbed some of her make-up and quickly ran into my bedroom. I closed the bedroom door and began putting make up on ALL OVER MY FACE. I took the tube of lipstick and didn’t even come close to my lips it as I wrote all over myself. At 5 years old, I had no idea what I was doing except that I was “getting away with something”… or so I thought.

I suddenly heard footsteps down the hallway and someone approaching my bedroom door. I quickly threw the make up under my bed and hid in my closet. My mother opened the door and pushed back the clothes that I tried to cover over myself, and she asked, “Holly, did you take my make-up?”

I poked my head out of the closet, unknowingly with lipstick all over my face and said “No.” I was so naive! I really thought my mother wouldn’t notice what I had done even though the evidence literally was written on my face.

Would you believe it that my soon- to- be- five-year-old has now begun to take interest in my makeup, Chapstick, and lotions?

Just recently, she took my favorite Burt’s Bees Chapstick and used it to make “art” on my bedroom wall. On my way to the bathroom for a towel to wipe it up, I stepped in globs of my favorite lotion… the five-year-old struck again! When confronted she was dishonest and after getting it out of her, she stated, “I didn’t think you’d find out.” There’s nothing like being a parent!

As funny as this true story is, we too can be naive in life and make choices based off our thinking that,“No one will ever find out”.

We can go about our regular day and not make the wisest choices or say or do the kindest things because we don’t think anyone will care or notice. Perhaps we are so focused on what we have going on that we just don’t realize or remember that God is always watching.

Maybe you decided to cut someone off while driving or take something that doesn’t belong to you because “no one is watching.”

Proverbs 5:21 reads, “The Lord see EVERYTHING you do. WHEREVER you go, he is watching.”

It’s interesting that when someone needs comfort, we are often inclined to remind our loved ones that God is always there. Let’s be reminded of this truth always — whether in times of needed comfort and in times of much needed correction — God is always there, wherever you go, and He truly does see everything you and I do.

Perhaps if we remembered this truth more often, we would make wiser choices and show greater amounts of love towards others.

Be blessed today! Love God enough, love yourself and others enough to make wise choices today and every day! Stay close to Jesus!

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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Captain Holly Johnson of Salvation Army Chapel, Lock Lock Haven.

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