When my daughter, Morgan, was little, she was a pistol! Don’t get me wrong… we loved her, of course, and she was adorable with deep dimples, dark eyes and the funniest little personality. But she was a little stinker at times.
One day I had scolded her for something and I shut the door and I knew she was in there sticking her tongue out at me. So from the other side of the door, I said, “and quit sticking your tongue out at me.” No answer.
A few minutes later she ascended from the closed door and said her “I’m sorry” with the cutest little puckered up face and tears streaming down her cheeks. After I hugged her and assured her she was forgiven she looked straight into my eyes and said, “how did you know I was sticking out my tongue? Can you see through the door?”
Just call it mother’s intuition. We moms just know these things. I’ve had my daughters ask me if I had eyes in the back of my head or who told me things when I really didn’t have any other insight except that as a parent I just knew.
Sometimes we do the same thing to God. We metaphorically stick our tongue out at Him, shake our finger at Him and pout and ignore Him because we didn’t get our way. We think He doesn’t know what we do or say because we have “closed the door” to Him. But then He gently nudges us and reminds us that He is right there waiting with open arms to forgive.
In Psalm 139, David sort of asks God the same question Morgan asked me, “can you see through the door?” David knew that God knew everything – like He had eyes in the back of His head and David couldn’t understand it.
Verse 7-12 (this is David writing to God) – Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me”, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day for darkness is as light to you.
David couldn’t stick his tongue out at God without Him knowing either and neither can we. There is NOTHING that we can do that God doesn’t know about and better yet, there is NOTHING He can’t forgive.
What have you done that you think can’t be forgiven? Give it up to God. He is waiting right there on the other side of your closed door begging you to open the door so He can give you a big ole “you are forgiven” hug and wipe away your tears.