The other day, our two-year old grandson Ben was sitting on a stool at the kitchen counter intently playing with the iPad. Mom entered the room to find Ben with a freshly baked cookie sitting beside the iPad. The cookies were cooling on a rack well off to the front of him, not within arm’s reach. Mom wisely had her cell phone in hand and videoed the discussion that followed:
“Ben, did you find a cookie?”
(Ben continues to play with the iPad, not looking up.) “No.”
“Was Mommy making cookies, and she left the room and you grabbed one?”
(Again, keeps scrolling on iPad.) “No.”
“Did you get a cookie?” (Said in a sing-song voice.)
(Still not looking at Mom.) “No, I don’t.”
“No, you don’t? What’s in front of you?”
(Finally, his attention is focused on the object of concern.) “Cookie.”
(Mom points to cookies cooling on the rack.) “Did you get it from here?”
(Looks up momentarily, then goes back to scrolling the iPad.) “No I don’t.”
(Ben pauses, then touches the cookie next to him.) “Hmmm…”
(Points to cookie as if to say, “How did that get here?”)
A few questions come to mind. How did Ben ‘learn’ to say no to the fact that he clearly took the cookie?
I mean, he can barely carry on a conversation. Why would he not just have said yes? Is lying a learned behavior or is it something we all do? (Inherited.) Isn’t it amazing how young these behaviors begin?
I love how Michelle, Ben’s mom, reacts to this cookie-stealing little boy. Her voice is calm and she is holding back laughter. In her tone of voice, I picture God asking us questions when we’ve done something we shouldn’t have. He is not condemning, but asks as a loving father or mother would a child, just wanting to hear the truth from our lips.
In Genesis chapter 18, the Lord appeared to Abraham one day near the huge trees of Mamre. The three visitors had a few words to say to Abraham and Sarah, but first they enjoyed a big dinner of fresh bread, milk, cheese and veal. One of the visitors said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. Being well past the age of childbearing, Sarah laughed to herself about this possibility. But God was listening, and asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he (God) said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
And God had the last laugh. Sarah and Abraham named their son Isaac, which means laughter. I would guess that Sarah remembered her encounter with God that day for the rest of her life. I’m sure she never forgot her lie, but she also understood the goodness of God, His forgiveness and blessing.
Daughters of the King, know that God forgives all of your lies…big and small. He forgives even though you may not even acknowledge your lie with your lips. He knows your humanness and sent His Son, our Savior Jesus to save you from all of your sins. God does indeed have the last laugh!
Praying He fills your week with laughter! Until next time,