Halloween candy is the worst thing ever! Not only does it juice them up the night of Halloween but it lingers for weeks after as a source of constant conflict.
Can I have a piece of candy Mommy?
Because there are healthier options. A kid cannot live on candy alone.
But I have been so good!
Yeah, well you are supposed to be good.
Drives me crazy! Yesterday my daughter asked for candy before lunch. I told her she could have a piece if she cooperated for quiet time. She proceeded to whine, wake up her brothers and not rest at all. As I gave up on a quiet time and headed downstairs she had the nerve to ask for candy.
No Abigail, you broke our agreement.
Moments later, I look over and she is walking across the kitchen with her hand behind her back.
Abigail, do you have a piece of candy?
Last chance to tell me the truth. You will be in bigger trouble if you lie than if you just tell me the truth. Do you have candy in your hand behind your back?
No Momma, my back just hurts.
Seriously? She’s five and she bold faced lied to me. She’s advanced for her age, what can I say. It broke my heart. She’s too little to be covering things up. Have I not created a safe place for her to be honest? I was so hurt by her lie.
How often do we do just that to God? How often do we cover up something and try to hide it when God is looking at us and saying, “I see that hand behind your back. It will be easier if you tell me the truth.”
What’s in your hand behind your back? I could be a past experience that you can’t talk to God about yet? Maybe it’s an addiction that has taken the place of God in your life. Maybe it’s stress instead of trust in God. Perhaps its judging others instead of loving them. It’s different for all of us. For me, I feel like it’s often a cupcake instead of self control or snapping instead of patience.
Whatever it happens to be, God is offering an easier road in exchange for our honesty with Him. Remove the hand from behind your back, open your palm and accept the plan.