We were taught to sing this song at Sunday school, years ago:
…O be careful little ears what you hear…
…O be careful little eyes what you see….
As it turns out, curiosity still kills the cat (Or at least leaves it marked for life).
Either that, or the truth can sometimes become a cross that’s not that easy to bear.
Sometimes you just can’t reveal what you know, for the sake of living peaceably with all men.
At other times, you don’t know what to do with the truth because you don’t even fully comprehend it.
Then there’s those other times when you truly believe you need to unsee what you’ve seen, and unhear what you’ve heard, or life would never be the same again for you (You would have been marked for life). It’s in these times that the song from Sunday school years ago comes back, as if to say, “You should have known better than being such a meddler!”
But our intentions for seeking the truth about situations around us are for nobler reasons (Most of the time, at least!)
We want to know exactly what we’re up against.
We want to know exactly what it is we should be doing.
We want to know exactly how we should be praying and believing….
So we start looking, asking questions, and coming up with ways to find out what we think we need to know.
And then we happen upon knowledge we can’t reveal.
Then we begin to act, based on what we know, but can’t share.
And then everybody else thinks there’s something really wrong with you.
And the fact just grates on your nerves because you’re carrying this burden, trying to keep the peace, and they don’t even appreciate your sacrifice!
It’s a hard place to be in, but there’s hope, because Jesus is still calling for us to cast our cares on Him, and give our burdens to Him.
He is still the Prince of peace.
He is still our Counsellor, giving wisdom, and helping us resolve situations that threaten to undo our relationships.
So be careful little ears what you hear, and be careful little eyes what you see….
But if you’ve heard and seen, and the truth has become a burden to you, remember that you can always come to Jesus, and you would receive grace–
Grace that you’d need to let overflow to others who might be struggling under the weight of the truth they too have found.
Like the preacher would say–
“Come to Jesus just as you are, and don’t be a stumbling block to your brother”.
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