Every time I looked out the window, the screaming and criticizing would commence. What made it worse is the fact that it was all coming from within my own head.
"You don't have your fall yard work done yet?"
"Look at those plants that haven't been cut back!"
"Why is the lawn still covered with leaves?"
Back in December I lamented that I didn't remember ever being so behind on my yard work. It's not that we ignored the task back in the fall. Bob was out collecting leaves twice a week, though the only evidence of that now is the fact that they aren't neck deep. Living in the middle of the woods does have its drawbacks.
The wise person I was conversing with pointed out that the only reason I was feeling behind on the work outdoors was because I could still see it.
For some reason, that hadn't occurred to me. This is Michigan, after all, the land of Trick-or-Treating in your winter jacket. All this work should have been covered up months ago. Out of sight, out of mind.
Of course, the work is still there; it's just that I no longer have to look at it and have that constant reminder.
Unfortunately, we can have the same attitude when it comes to sin. We know we need to do the work and address the issue, but it seems so much easier to just cover it up. The problem is, the work to be done is still there whether it's visible or not. Even if we ignore it, God doesn't.
"There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." ~ Luke 8:17
We have a choice - there's always a choice - enlist God's help and deal with it now, or ignore it and suffer the natural consequences and God's displeasure.
The best choice, deal with it now AND avoid it in the future.
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
Father, I thank you that no sin is beyond your forgiveness through the blood of your son Jesus. Open my eyes to those things I'd rather ignore, so that I may live a life pleasing to you. Thank you Jesus, for making it possible for me to truly be whiter than snow!