1043) Someone Sees You

An old folktale.

     Once upon a time a man decided to sneak into his neighbor’s fields and steal some wheat.  “If I take just a little from each field, no one will notice,” he told himself, “but it will all add up to a nice pile of wheat for me. ”  So he waited for the darkest night when thick clouds lay over the moon, and he crept out of his house.  He took his youngest daughter with him.

     “Daughter,” he whispered, “you must stand guard, and call out if anyone sees me.”

     The man stole into the first field to begin reaping, and before long the child called out, “Father, someone sees you!”

     The man looked all around, but he saw no one, so he gathered his stolen wheat and moved on to a second field.

     “Father, someone sees you!” the child cried again.

     The man stopped and looked all around, but once again he saw no one.  He gathered more wheat, and moved to a third field.

     A little while passed, and the daughter cried out, “Father, someone sees you!”

     Once more the man stopped his work and looked in every direction, but he saw no one at all, so he bundled his wheat and crept into the last field.

     “Father, someone sees you!” the child called again.

     The man stopped his reaping, looked all around, and once again saw no one.  “Why in the world do you keep saying someone sees me” he angrily asked his daughter.  “I’ve looked everywhere, and I don’t see anyone.”

     “Father,” murmured the child, “Someone sees you from above.”

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Isaiah 29:15  —  Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lordwho do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us?  Who will know?”

Psalm 90:8  —  You know all of our sins, even those we do in secret.

Jeremiah 16:17  —  (The Lord declares), “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.”

Luke 12:2  —  (Jesus said), “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.”

Hebrews 4:13  —  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

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Almighty God, you see what is in my heart.  You know my thoughts, words, deeds; all that I do and fail to do.  Even sins unknown to me are known to you.  Where can I flee except to your mercy?  Forgive what I am and do; and teach me to fear and love you.  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

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