Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Monument 1Several years ago, I went on a missions trip to Uruguay. The people were incredibly nice, and I loved my time there! On one of our final days, our team visited Montevideo just for fun. The city was incredible. I had a great time shopping and looking at all of the buildings and statues. At one point, we visited the tomb of a very important person in Uruguayan history. Descending a flight of stairs, we entered a quiet, dimly lit room. In the center of the vault was a huge, golden urn flanked by two wax statues of soldiers.

I was fascinated by those wax figures. They were life-sized, and the artistic detail was absolutely amazing. I studied them for quite a while and finally took a picture. I couldn’t get over the stunning artistry. The room wasn’t well lit, and I was having a difficult time seeing them as clearly as I desired. As the room cleared of tourists, and the crowd around the urn melted away, I saw my chance. I HAD to get a better look at those statues! I crept close to one and studied the wax figure’s uniform. Then I crept even closer and stood nose-to-nose with statue and studied its face. The detail was amazing. Whoever created the statue was a genius! I crept even closer and studied the statue’s eyes.

Suddenly, the statue blinked.


Jumping about five feet backward in a single leap, I clutched my thumping heart and looked at the statue with a dropped jaw.


Monument 2My whole world tilted and spun. I had been standing nose-to-nose with a real-life Uruguayan soldier dressed in a fancy, full uniform. The man blinked again, but other than that, his expression didn’t change. He didn’t flex a muscle. I swear that he didn’t even breathe. Feeling like a total idiot, I bobbed a little curtsey and got out of there just as fast as I could. I wasn’t sure if the soldier thought I was rude, half-witted, or a security threat—but I didn’t want to find out.

Down through the years, I’ve thought quite a bit about that living “wax statue.” I was convinced that I knew exactly what I was seeing, but I was deceived. Now days, when I’m CERTAIN that I know EXACTLY what’s going on, I always take a step backward and try to see things from several different angles. I’ve learned that things aren’t always how they appear. I’ve also learned that being dead sure about a situation—or about a person’s intentions—is the quickest way for me to make a total idiot of myself. After all, I’ve stood nose-to-nose with a wax statue and seen it blink!

shocked face“So be careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether someone is a good servant or not. When the Lord comes, He will turn on the light so everyone can see exactly what each one of us is really like, deep down in our hearts… At that time God will give to each one whatever praise is coming to him.”
 — 1 Corinthians 4:5

22 thoughts on “Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

  1. Kelly De Lance

    Oh Danele! I can relate to you on so many levels,Lol! You are so witty and full of Love along with Wisdom. Thank you for sharing this Sweet story.Things are much different in most cases than they appear.

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  2. sandymauck

    You always pull me in, Danele and this time I knew right where you were going. Deception is horrifying when you get so close to see it face to face. We live in probably the most deceptive time in all history even beyond Hitler’s tricks. We must stay close to the Lord and learn discernment!

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  3. What a great illustration of deception. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…we know the rest. 😉 Stripping back the plastic covers of deception (or in your case, what appeared to be wax) reveals truth. Only God can give us discernment to see through this thick cover of deception in our world.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this article! And what you said about deception is so true! God really is the only one who can give us total discernment. Thanks so much for commenting! I hope you have a really lovely day!

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  4. Renette Steele

    You never cease to bring a smile to my face. I can just picture you. Hear you gasping and laughing. No wonder your stories in your series are so real.

    Madam Trueso (sp) was a fun place to go and figure out what was real or not. They like to hide the real thing in amongst the statues. Its freaky to think their eyes are following your every move and they are wax or are they?

    I so enjoyed the scripture you put with this.We need that reminder with all that is happening.

    Love and HUGs

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    1. Dear Renette, I would LOVE to go to that type of wax museum! I think it would be a BLAST! Of course, knowing me, I would NEVER be able to figure out which statues were real. 🙂 The memory of that soldier in Uruguay was so much fun that I actually turned it into a funny little story in “Time Awakening” (Book 4 of my series). I tweaked it to fit my book, but when you read it, you will know EXACTLY where it came from. LOL! I hope you have a great day! Love and hugs right back at ya! 🙂


    1. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Coleen!!! 🙂 I was giggling like crazy when I wrote it. I’ve often wondered what that poor soldier thought as I stood nose to nose with him. If he had spoken or grabbed my arm instead of blinked, I think I would have had a heart attack! LOL! I’m glad I made you smile. 🙂


  5. shelley1965

    Oh my gosh this is just too funny! I guess because it sounds like something that would happen to me! LOL! Great article. Truly enjoyed reading it.

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