It looked old and worn and held together with many stitches. It didn’t look like much of a doll but Missy loved it more than anything in her world. It was stuffed with dry beans. Each day she would play with it and every night she would sleep with it. It brought her pleasure and comfort.
One day while her brother was building a model airplane, she accidentally bumped into it and knocked it to the floor. Looking at the bits and pieces that were scattered before him, he shouted angrily, “Look what you did! You just wait Missy – I’ll get even with you!”
The next day Missy and her Mom went shopping. As soon as they left, he found her doll, took it outside and buried in his mother’s rose garden. Smiling to himself he said, “She’ll never find that old doll now!”
When Missy returned home and could not find her doll she burst into tears and ran to her room. When asked, Darren denied knowing anything about the doll, claiming, “She just left it someplace. It’ll turn up.” And it did.
A few days later, their Mom was cutting some roses for the dinner table and discovered an arm from the doll sticking out of the dirt. She asked her son, “Did you do this?” Looking at the doll he said, “Yes, Mom, but I should have known better.”
It’s that way with our sins. We try to cover them – but along comes God and uncovers them. “Our iniquities, the secrets of our heart and its sins, (which we would like to hide even from ourselves) are made known to You and us through Your holiness and the work of Your Spirit.”
Prayer: We only fool ourselves, Father, if we think we can fool You. Forgive us for our foolishness and sins. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 90:8 You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.