Life is full of temptations. All kinds of temptations. And temptations can be quite messy.
Have you even given in to temptation – then got caught in the middle of it? How do you get rid of the mess?
Ignoring it doesn’t make it to go away. “What cake?”
Apologizing doesn’t make it go away. “I’m sorry.”
Denying it doesn’t make it go away. “I didn’t do it.”
Blaming others doesn’t make it go away. “You gave me this cake! What did you expect?”
Rubbing at it doesn’t make it go away. “I’m trying but it just won’t come off.”
Walking away from it doesn’t make it go away. “I’m done with it.”
There’s only one way to get completely cleansed from the mess. Calling for help. “Daddy, help me!”
God will scoop you up and bathe you. And then clean up your life. Depending on how bad the mess is and how long you waited before calling for His help, the scrubbing may take a while, and be uncomfortable, even painful. But if you allow Him to finish, you will be squeaky clean once again, without a speck of the mess on you. However, there may be parts of your life that will always be a bit stained. I know God is capable of removing all stains, but I think He lets some stains stay to help us remember what happens when we give into temptation.
With our short memories, we need the reminders. And I’m thankful for them.
For those who have been following my life, that is not a picture of my granddaughter. That is a picture of her mother, my daughter, that I ran into recently.
Here’s a picture of my granddaughter on her first birthday a few months ago. 🙂