Last night as were putting on our coats to head to a holiday party, I suddenly noticed a foul odor. A quick check of my son revealed he was not the culprit. As I looked around, I saw an ominous spot on the kitchen floor. And then another. Thinking my husband had tracked something in on his shoes, I quickly ushered him out of the house and grabbed the mop.
When we returned home from the party, I realized the clean-up job was not yet complete. Our dog was the one to blame and he must have walked across the entire house and back. I was not a happy camper as I scrubbed at dozens of stains. I decided I needed to think about something that would make the task less, um, stinky. Then it dawned on me that my sin is much the same as those yukky stains. I track it around, it stinks, and it sometimes goes unnoticed for awhile. How faithful my Master is to come along behind me and clean up my mess.
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. --Isaiah 1:18