There was damage, I knew there would be. The Laws of Everything dictate that when two bodies collide, there is collateral damage, whether significant or insignificant. This damage seems, as I looked in the morning, to be small. Unfortunately the other vehicle was gone when I went outside to look. I could only see the damage to our truck.
And of course, that brought on a thought pattern that I hate to admit to, but I also want to be totally truthful to my readers. I was tempted to think, “Well, they’re gone. Now no one will be able to prove that it was our truck that caused the damage.”
I know where that thought comes from and it doesn’t come from my Christianity.
No, I know that anytime I hear “no one will ever know” that is a lie from satan. I’ve lived my Christian life long enough to know the Lord doesn’t say things like that to me. Yes the damage is insignificant. I didn’t take off their bumper, I scraped a little paint. I must have. If there was scraped paint on our truck, there would be scraped paint on the other vehicle. That alone would tell anyone that I was the culprit even if no one could prove it.
Sometimes a seemingly insignificant event can be an event that matters in 10,000 years and into eternity. What if, by my lack of integrity, someone finds out that it was me who caused the damage, a person who calls herself a Christian, but I didn’t tell and it was found out by other means? What if, by my lack of integrity, I besmirched the name of God and someone rejected Him because of my lack of accepting my responsibility and admitting that I damaged that vehicle? That person’s blood, or those persons’ blood, would be on my hands. That I will not do.
And for me, it would put a barrier between me and God. That I will not do either. His name is holy and I will not misrepresent my God to anyone. He is the God who has done so much for me. Has blessed me with so much in so many ways. He is the God who will make possible this vision He gave me. How could I even think of pretending I didn’t do it?
When it all comes down to it, there is nothing insignificant when it comes to maintaining our integrity. No one else would ever know, but God knows all.