A few years ago, my husband and I took a road trip through several states visiting national parks and other interesting places. We put a lot of miles on our car and captured amazing pictures.
However, I failed to get a photo of a welcome sign as we passed through Portales NM. I wasn’t sure I read it clearly so I had to google it when we got to our next hotel. I had read it correctly after all.
I was struck first by the humor demonstrated by this town…then by the certainty that there were at least three or four old grouches (or more).
Honesty can be refreshing when many hide their imperfections.
God knows everything we say and do…
“You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.” (Psalm 139:2–4, NLT)
…and he still loves us, provided for our salvation, AND calls us his friend!
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” (Romans 5:8–11, NLT)
So, we can be completely honest with God – even if we are one of the grumpy ones. He already knows our imperfections…and loves us anyway.