Appearances can be deceiving – we’ve all heard this before.
But don’t you find it just as surprising every time you come across it? … like when you’re in a dark room and you see a shadow of something. You can’t quite make it out for sure, but you start to convince yourself of what it might be.
But when you turn on the lights, you discover, for instance, that what you thought was a large, ceramic frog, was really just a small, crumpled up Kleenex.
There are times – this was especially true in the late sixties and seventies – we are deceived by long, flowing hair, finding that what we thought was a woman was really a man.
A major news item this week surrounded a serial killer that was arrested in Toronto. Interviews with neighbours revealed that they had no idea that he would do such things.
Appearances can be deceiving.
This weekend my extended family on Lily’s side rented a cottage for the 16 of us. We needed more than your average cottage for a group our size, but we found one.
Now, when I say “cottage” you might be thinking of a rustic cabin in the woods, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
Well, the middle of nowhere is a correct picture of where we were, but not the rustic cabin part.
This place was fully equipped to keep us all warm in the middle of winter, with its below freezing temperatures and added wind chill factors.
… You know it’s cold when the weather man brings up the wind chill … and they are always so pleasant in presenting it too.
They give you the good news first: “The high today will be minus 9 degrees celsius.”
But then they hit you hard with the bad news: “But with the wind chill it will feel like it’s minus 27.”
And then they add something like, “Good luck staying warm.”
All that to say, this place we rented was climate-controlled throughout the place.
But the deceiving part – right, that’s what I’m writing about – was the cottage at first sight.
When we drove up to the place, all I could see was a two car garage that didn’t look all that special.
In fact, I think my two car garage at home looked a little bigger than this one.
But then again, it was a cottage.
We got out and walked around the side of the garage and down some steps to find the main entrance at the side.
When we stepped into the cottage my jaw dropped. There was a long foyer which opened up into a massive great room.
The ceiling was 20 feet high; there were rooms off of rooms. The kitchen had an island so long you had to yell to the person at the other end.
The place had beds for 14, and so much room my mother-in-law kept asking where everyone was.
Okay, so the reason for the deception? The cottage was build on the side of a hill. You could only see the garage from the driveway because the rest of the cottage/mansion extended down the hill.
Here’s the thing: We can maintain an appearance for others to see that will give the impression that we are godly. But God is not fooled by appearances; He knows exactly the state of relationship you have with Him. Be sure what you are giving God is not just an impression, and that you are beyond making a good appearance.
Question: When have you made an appearance that was deceiving? Leave your comments below.