The Cry: caught in a web of lies

If you thought Bodyguard was good, just wait until you see The Cry.

Filling the same Sunday night spot, this TV series tells the story of a young family on a trip to Australia. But before they even arrive at their destination, disaster strikes.

I won’t give too much away. But the couple take things into their own hands and we watch them sink deeper and deeper into their own cover up.

There's no denying that The Cry is great TV - at every twist in the story we’re left asking whether they can keep up the deception.

But during Sunday night's episode, there was something else I couldn't get out my head – I’d recently found myself in a similar drama.

True as life

My mind rewound back sixth months. An ordinary day. An ordinary conversation. A misplaced comment to my friend.

They asked more. I back-tracked. The deception began.

Over the coming days I found myself caught in a growing of web of lies. And with each new deception, the more entangled I became.

Of course, I didn’t mean to get myself into this situation. If I’d realised that things would go as far as this, I would have come clean from the beginning.

But that’s the thing about dishonesty. What starts with a half-truth often ends in something more serious. And like Alistair and Joanna caught in the investigation in Australia, you soon have nowhere to turn.

Stranger than fiction

Well, almost.

As I discovered six months ago, there is always one place we can run - into the arms of God (Luke 15:11-32). Sure, it might be embarrassing. It was for the prodigal son (Luke 15:21).

But the warm embrace of our heavenly father is much better than being out in the cold (Luke 15:28-29).