In Jr. High I was not the best student. I was lazy and just plain hated
school. When it was time for progress reports to come out guess who got
them. For those who don’t know what progress reports are they are for
the guys who are failing. We got this mid term to let our parents know
that we had about 3 weeks left to get our grades up.  When I got mine I
knew my parents would be furious so I hid them. I thought if I hid them
in my locker I could get by. When the teachers would ask for the report
back I would tell them “I forgot and left it at home”. One teacher
after about 3 days worth of excuses had enough. She called my mom! How
dare she! My secret was out and my butt was in some serious trouble.
The next day I had to take a long ride to school and make that dreaded
walk down the hallways of Southeast Guilford with my MOM! When we got
there I bolted ahead of her so I could do some damage control and find
the progress report she was looking for and hide the others. Oh no,
here comes mom behind me (to this day I have not idea how she got there
so fast) and said “clean it out!” I was like “what?” and she said “I
want it all!” So then and there I made the confession. I told her not
only did I get 1 progress report, I got 4. It was now out in the open.
No more hiding. TO my surprise I felt better even though I was in a
world of hurt.

I hear stories all the time of people hiding things from others. What
are you hiding? I remember when my granddaddy passed away. Mom and dad
were cleaning out his apartment and found a few stashes of porn. I am
talking a lawn sized trash bag full of movies and magazines. I had a
friend whose father had passed and they were surprised to find a few
Hustler magazines hidden away. I even remember going to my friends
house and finding his dads stash hidden in the living room closet on
the top shelf. It was hidden inside a shoe box wrapped in a brown paper
bag labeled”papers”. His dad had several movies in that “paper box”. If
porn is natural and there is nothing wrong with it then why do we hide
it from others?


We maybe able to temporally hide things from our family and friends but
in the end it always comes out. Just like me attempting to hide my
progress reports. I was found out. I am reminded of years ago when I
used to work for an ambulance service. My partner (on the ambulance)
loved porn. He loved looking at naked women. I did too if I am going to
be honest. He was scared to go into the store and buy the magazines. So
what he would do is park the ambulance up the road I would change my
shirt and go down and buy the magazines. I would do all this because he
was embarrassed to go in and buy them. One day his wife found them,
guess what he did. He blamed me. He told her they were mine. At that
time in my life I didn’t care so I took the wrap. He was found out. I
believe she knew they were his and just didn’t say anything.  I am
going to stop right here for a minute and address the women who maybe
reading this saying you tell him! I am going to keep it real short too.
Where is your vibrator?

Where does hiding things come from? Here is my theory; it goes all the
way back to Adam and Eve. Eve yielded to the deception of the serpent
and ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:6 clearly states that she gave some to her husband, who was
with her, and he also ate. The Bible says that immediately “The eyes of
both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” More
than just an awareness of their physical nakedness was an awareness
that something dreadful had happened. They had disobeyed God’s command.
They were exposed and felt guilt and fear for the first time in their
lives. They were instantly ashamed and scared. Not just a little bit
afraid. They were terrified.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the
cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence
of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called
to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, I heard Your
voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid
myself.” (Genesis 3:8-10)

We always tend to hide things we know are not right. Right now Jesse
James is suffering because of things he tried to hide, Tiger Woods
tried to hide things. If you go to some of the adult sites searching
for “fun” you see words like discrete and faces blurred out. Why do you
think that is? Why do you clear your history every time you get on the
computer? Why don’t you tell your wife about going to the strip club or
brothel? It is because deep down we know that it is sin. Nothing is
ever hidden from God. Not an activity, not a book you read, not a word
you say, not a thought you think, not a place you go, morning, noon or
midnight, is ever hidden from God Almighty. God knows where you are.
You are never hidden from Him.

“…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
future…”  Jeremiah 29:11

Don’t spend your time trying to hide porn or affairs. Spend that time
getting to know your Creator and all he has for you. If you are going
to hide anything hide his word in your heart it will never go void.

Steve Oh