The peaceful scene was disrupted by a wail. "I'm going to tell Mommy on you!"
"Okay, okay, you didn't really eat a worm." The oldest started the damage control fast to keep from getting in trouble.
This tale is a family favorite from twenty years ago and it still brings a chuckle. But, I've often wondered how my four-year-old convinced my two-year-old that she ate a slimy, disgusting worm. Wouldn't you know something like that, for sure?
Then I wonder how often I actually swallow some of the disgusting half-truths and flat out lies served to me by Satan - the Father of Lies. I am afraid, more often than I should.
I am so quick to believe:
- I'm not pretty enough
- I'm not spiritual enough
- I'm not skinny enough
- I'm not a good enough parent
And the list goes on and on.
It is at these time that I must ask God to let me hear His truth. Let me see myself as He sees me. I want to know how He feels about me. The only way to do that is to dive into His Word and arm myself with His words to me.
For starters, I reread Zephaniah 3:17--God's own love letter to all of us:
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will take great delight in you;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
That is a message I can swallow and it beats eating worms.