Certain types of plastic and solid wood share a key attribute in common; their color is consistent at any depth. They are one color, through and through. The contrast with other things that are part of your life and mine is stark. Think of what it not always so obvious. Paint merely lies on the surface of what it covers. Chrome, even though it is often etched during the plating process, is still a distinct layer from the metal that it is covering. It does not end there; make-up, clothes, and attitude are a few more examples of people trying to cover one thing up by laying on yet one more layer.
Even with the best coverings a careless act will reveal the contents inside. A small scratch in a car fender will easily reveal the metal within and blatantly begin the rust process. An inadvertent bump against a wall will often cause the paint to chip, flake, or rub off, revealing the concrete covering over the cinder block or sheetrock beneath. A sleeve caught in a door can easily rip revealing the startled body beneath.
Each act, no matter how intended, reveals part of what lies on the inside. Rarely does it all come in one event. Cars often bear the brunt of a fender-bender where there is a dent, hairline crack in the paint, and the owner blissfully goes on unaware that the corrosion process has already begun underneath the surface. In certain circumstances the age of the individual being masked combined with particular lighting provides insight for other eyes in seeing the make-up for what it really. One can also become privy to the unintended results of our behavior.
“Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust,” (Proverbs 26.28) and they always eventually show.
The warning is clear if one is willing to learn from Wisdom. Hate in all its forms will shows itself no matter how it is mask, covered, and hidden.
Whatever our colors are they are on display. I pray God’s miracle will reveal his colors in my life, not mine.