The Best Laid Plans…
So there was this mulberry tree you see…full of ripe mulberries. And there were these three young boys, brothers, whose mom had told them to stay away from the mulberry tree. But the lure of the juicy mulberries was more than the young boys could stand. So they made sure their mom was busy in the house, told her they were going to play out in the barn, and sneaked off to the tree.
After stuffing themselves with scrumptious mulberries, the boys stealthily made their way to the barn, and then made plenty of noise walking from the barn to the house to let their mom know where they were coming from. Everything was going according to plan…until…the boys came into the house for their afternoon snack and found they could not wash the mulberry stains off their hands. Each boy was promptly sent to a separate corner to await their father’s arrival from work.
I can’t speak for either of my brothers, but that was one of the longest hours of my young life, and I felt very alone!
Sin, and our efforts to hide it, can isolate us from the very people, and God, we were created to be connected to. As King David found, (2 Samuel 12:1-15) confession is the key to God’s mercy and to a renewed sense of God’s presence. When sin confronts you face-to-face, God is there…So you are never alone. Click here to listen to more (January 18 sermon).
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love…”
Join me in taking this short confession along this week…and being quick to use it!
Your partner on the journey,