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 peace and pleasure, companionship 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 some place. It’ll turn up.” And it did.
Mom was cutting some roses for the dinner table that evening 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. “You spread out our sins before You - our secret sins - and You see them all.” Try as we may, nothing can be hidden from God. How grateful we are, that He not only will forgive us, but watching and wanting and waiting patiently for us to do so.
Prayer: We only fool ourselves, Father, if we think we can fool You. Forgive us of our foolishness as we call on You for forgiveness and salvation. 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 presence.