When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.
When Chloe and Cole came in, they decided they needed to be on the couch more than the mail did.
I guess that’s how the mail wound up as a huge mess, scattered all across the floor in front of the couch.
Coming in and seeing this mess, I investigated and found out what happened. I told Chloe and Cole since they pushed it off on the floor, they needed to clean it up. They immediately got down and started to do as I instructed them, but as I turned away I saw something out of the corner of my eye.
Cole was taking a magazine and sliding it under the couch. I stopped him.
“Son, you can’t just slide it under the couch,” I said. “That’s not where it goes. You haven’t cleaned it up, you’ve only hidden it away.
My words took on a different meaning as the spiritual implications of what I’d said dawned on me.
Sometimes we do a similar thing in our own lives with sin. Instead of confessing, repenting and asking God to clean it out of our lives, we hide it. We cover it up. We pretend it’s not there. After all, as the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”
On a certain level, that statement is true. We’re very good at hiding things and forgetting about them. Or if we pretend they’re not there long enough, eventually we convince ourselves they aren’t.
Our heavenly father, however, is not at all like us. We may go to great lengths to cover up our sins, but God still sees them no matter how deep down we bury them. We may force the things we’ve done from our minds, but God remembers our sins even when we don’t.
Sin is a serious issue to God, because it is our sin that killed his son, Jesus.
Yet in spite of that, God offers us a way — through Jesus — to be forgiven of our sins. 1 John 1:9 tells us if we confess our sins, he will forgive them.
So why don’t we? Why do we try to cover them up when God wants to remove them from us? If we truly want a relationship with our heavenly father, we can’t allow our sins to come between us and him.
We confess, he forgives. Why would we not take him up on that?
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.