Are you ready for this?

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.

Hebrew 4:13-14

I had just finished writing an EMS report at the hospital when a fellow paramedic shouted at me from the other side of the emergency room. “Pat,” he said urgency on his face. “Get over here quick. You need to see this!”

“What is it?”

“Car wreck. Hurry.”

I put aside my paperwork and walked across the ER into Trauma Room-1. A large crowd stood around the gurney. I didn’t find that unusual. That particular ER belongs to a teaching hospital, so it’s quite common to find people standing around watching the doctors work—stabilizing critical patients, sewing up flesh, replacing precious blood.

But as we pushed into the room, I sensed something wrong. The crowd seemed hungry instead of curious, wide-eyed and full of glee. Their lustful expressions seemed completely out of place.

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“Are you ready for this?” My co-worker pushed me to the center of the room. “Look.”

My eyes flew open wide. A teenaged girl lay on the gurney stripped of all clothing, her figure laid bare for everyone in the room to see. She was about eighteen years old with beautiful blue eyes and long blonde hair. She had a goose egg on the right side of her head. A trace amount of blood stained her cheek and nose. But otherwise she looked unscathed, the victim of a traffic accident that had apparently knocked her out.

I felt stunned. The physicians and nurses were justified in being there, of course. They were the trauma team, they had a job to do. And the removal of clothing is an essential component of the major trauma assessment. Everything must be uncovered to allow for critical judgment of the injuries at hand. But the onlookers? I saw no reason for the rest of the crowd. A dozen men stood there gawking. The poor girl was being violated.

I felt ashamed. I walked out of the room.

I never learned the extent of her injuries, but God used that young woman to teach me a valuable lesson. One day we will all be uncovered, our hearts laid bare before God. And no deed, no thought, no ill-conceived fantasy or spoken word will remain hidden from His view. We will be exposed exactly as we are.

Will you be ready when the King of Kings appears? When the Lord God exposes your sins and judges you for all you have done? If you know Jesus Christ you have nothing to fear. His blood covers you, washes you white as snow. But if you don’t know Him, eternal judgment awaits, and after that—death. So turn your life over to Jesus Christ today. He is coming back, and when He does there will be no place on earth to hide.

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by Pat Patterson

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I am a paramedic, an educator, a family man, and an adventurer. I love life, and live to go fast. I used to race motorcycles, now I ride a mountain bike. I have sailed since I was nine, taken a million pictures, studied many topics, and bandaged a lot of people. I write about what I know. So if my stories are gritty, a little fast, colorful and full of adventure, it’s because I’ve been there, on the water, in the woods, and on the street, with dying people in my arms, and that has left a deep impression on my heart.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.