“After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” Jeremiah 31:19
Crazy thing – I had a “free weekend”….no wrestling AND it was snowing (in April) – so I used my “free” time to go through boxes and boxes of pictures from my mom’s house. Like most grandmas she had “brag books” filled with pictures of babies growing up over the years. I spent hours flipping through pages of chubby cheeked, naked bummed babies bathing in sinks……to little gapped toothed guys riding like hell on training wheels…..to handsome young men, grinning from ear to ear with their first girlfriend in front of their first car.
Kind of like sin. No! I’m not saying that kids are evil or inherently sinful….or that you should change your toddler’s name to Damien (or Carrrie)…..but kids grow up. And sins have a way of growing as well. They start little – like the little white lie ….that doesn’t really seem like a real sin – because you had the best intentions….but somehow turns into something bigger and bigger as you have to think up other lies to support the first lie.
Or maybe sins are like your waist line – you don’t just wake up one morning fat and out of shape! Your hips grow little by little by little until you look back at those pictures of you from the 70’s in Daisy Dukes, tube socks and Farrah Fawcett hair and go – “Hey! I’m not a size 2 anymore!”…….when did I get fat?
Sin sneaks up on you.
Look – we all have regrets. We all have things in our lives we are ashamed of (just take a look at my mom’s pictures!) We’ve all sinned. And just like dieting and exercising it’s often difficult with our human sinful natures to take that first step to get back on the right path.
But – here’s the good news! Unlike those pictures that come back to haunt us – God has assured us that our sins can be erased. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19) And did you catch that? Not just forgiven! But that we will be REFRESHED! (Rested! Restored! Revitalized! Revived! Rejuvenated! – Oh! YES Please!!!!)
He is waiting. With open arms. Just simply turn around.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you……” James 4:8