We all make mistakes, don’t we?
Sometimes those mistakes cause messes. Some of those messes are like chocolate syrup on the kitchen floor — it’s messy, but relatively easy to clean up. Other messes are like toothpaste in the carpet — it’s messy, and no matter how much you try to clean it up, it only gets worse.
Last night, I went into Cole’s room. I noticed a small spot on his carpet. It was about the size of a quarter and bluish in color. Closer inspection revealed it was toothpaste.
I went into the bathroom and got a washcloth. I came back into his room, got down on my hands and knees, and tried to extract the toothpaste from the carpet fibers. The more I dabbed at the toothpaste, however, the more I ended up grinding it into the carpet.
So I decided I needed to scrub it.
As I applied more speed and pressure, I noticed the toothpaste I’d previously been grinding into the carpet was now foaming and growing. I gave up on the whole process, for fear of making things much worse than they already were.
At least that part of Cole’s carpet smelled minty and fresh!
Scripture tells us of a mess made, and one individual’s failed attempts to clean it up. King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, and when he found out she was pregnant with his child, he tried to cover it up (2 Samuel 11).
The first thing he did was call Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, back home. The plan was, after being away from his wife for so long, Uriah would lie with Bathsheba. He would never know the child wasn’t his.
What David didn’t count on was Uriah had more integrity than he did. Uriah couldn’t go home and sleep in his own bed, knowing his comrades were sleeping out in the open field. When this part of David’s plan failed, he sent Uriah back with a letter instructing Uriah’s own death.
David made a mess and tried to clean it up himself. Yet his attempts only made the mess worse. What David should have done — what we should do when we’ve made a mess — is admit to it, repent of it and ask our heavenly father to clean it up.
He is the only one who can extract the stain of sin from our souls.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.