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Eyes of the Father: Trying to clean up mess leads to bigger mess

POSTED: March 30, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Chloe and Cole have not yet learned that sound travels. Nor have they learned that whispering isn’t whispering when you do it louder than a freight train.

A couple of days ago, I was in my bedroom. The doorway to our room is about 5 feet from the doorway to the hallway bathroom, where Chloe and Cole were.

I knew something was going on when I heard the faux-whispered words, “Wipe it up! No, don’t use toilet paper, go get a towel!”

These words were what we in the parenting game call a “clue.” My astute parental deducting skills indicated I should investigate this situation further.

I walked down the hallway and peeked through the bathroom doorway.

Chloe and Cole had made a huge mess in the bathroom and were desperately trying to clean it up before my wife, Amy, or I found out. I walked in and saw the evidence: water on the floor; water around the sink; bubbles in the soap dispenser; baby wipes in the trash can.

They used all of these things to try and clean up the mess they’d made. However, they weren’t very good at cleaning in spite of all this proof of cleaning, because the aftereffects of the mess were still evident. In a very real sense, it seemed their attempts to clean up the mess made a bigger mess than the mess they were trying to clean.

When I walked into the bathroom, I realized how David’s sin with Bathsheba must have looked to God (2 Samuel 11). David did something not pleasing in the sight of the Lord. To cover it up, he orchestrated the death of Bathsheba’s husband, then took Bathsheba to be his wife.

David had made a mess of things, and his attempts to clean up after himself were about as effective as Chloe and Cole’s attempts to clean up the mess they’d made in the bathroom. Not only did David not clean up the original mess and hide it from God, the attempts he’d made to clean the mess were equally evident.

We all sin. We all make mistakes. We all make a mess of things. Instead of trying to clean up our sin on our own (and thereby end up making a bigger mess), why not go to our heavenly father in repentance and ask him to clean it up? Unlike us, he won’t leave any trace of it behind.

The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.


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