Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
It was a sad moment for Bigboy and those who joined the game “survival jump”. Vandalism is punishable by suspension; andgraduation is just two months away. Hiding the fallen round piece of asbestos material proved easy.
“But how do we hide the big hole on the roof,” a classmate moaned. It’s exactly above the head of Mr. Cruz?”
“We should solve the problem fast; he arrives in fifteen minutes,” I rattled.
From their fishing experiences, the older boys suggested to get salom (a waterproof sap of a tree used in sealing boats before epoxy was invented) but we live far away, besides salom requires two days to dry under the sun.
One of my classmates came up with a practical solution, “For the mean time let’s use clay to patch the gap and guavabranches for holders; the colors match the roofing”.
“Then we’ll change them with salom sealer over theweekend”, another wise guy suggested.
Everyone moved on their toes. Some mixed the clay, others worked on the rooftop, and the rest cut the branches. After a few minutes we all sat inside the classroom and opened our notebooksto study math, our first subject in the afternoon as we silently waited for Mr. Cruz; as if nothing happened.
Upon entering, Mr. Cruz carried a puzzling look, stepped back and asked. “Did I promise you a long test today?”
“No sir,” the class replied.
“What happened? Why is everybody so quiet?”
“Nothing sir,” my girl classmates chorused.
“Something’s fishy. I’ll discover it later; anyway. I like this; you enter the room ahead of me and study your lesson, good job!”
How long can we hide our secret sins? Some maybe two orthree years while others hide them for many years, but the Bible says it will come out. It is better to tell the truth and ask for forgiveness to avoid more serious problems.
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.