Proof of ID

by Feb 18, 2022Easy and Light

Proof of ID

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

I I planned my business at the bank for their least busy hour, so I could cash a small check quickly and get to my next appointment on time. But what I expected to be a quick transaction turned into a long drawn-out process.

“I’ll need another form of ID,” the teller said when, along with the endorsed personal check from my longstanding account at the bank, I handed her my driver’s license.

“A current driver’s license isn’t enough?” I asked.

“It is not enough,” she insisted, clearly irritated by my question. She needed a second form of ID with an expiration date. No photo, no signature, simply my name and an expiration date.

When I finally found something acceptable, the teller held the no-photo, no-signature ID up to the light and ran her fingertip along the expiration date. She nodded but still showed both forms of ID to her supervisor for approval.

Eventually I received my cash, along with a scowl from the supervisor.

“You’re telling me that a driver’s license with a current photo that matches the face you are looking at was not sufficient for the teller to prove my identity?”

“That’s what I’m telling you.” she snipped.

In hindsight, I imagine someone could have forged a license with a different photo, but how does an expiration date on a second ID prove that? Or maybe someone could have disguised their appearance enough to resemble a photo on someone else’s license… but really?

Search me, Lord, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.
Chances are far greater that someone might shape his or her outer appearance to look like a Christ-follower when on the inside that spiritual ID doesn’t check out. Going through the right motions might make us look like we are walking with the Lord. But would a second form of ID, perhaps a snapshot of our hearts or thoughts, match the face on the outside? Would a snapshot of our heart show that we know Whose we are and strive to love like Him from the inside out? Would a picture of our thoughts reveal God-honoring plans and ideas? Psalm 139:1-18 reminds us of whose we are, and the last two verses (23-24) provide a prayer to double check our spiritual ID. Are we who we say we are? To be sure, let’s ask God to help us get our ID in check.

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