While cleaning  I noticed a grease spatter on my fridge. I wasn’t surprised. It’s right next to my stove, but I guess the specks were camouflaged.

The Problem…

The more I cleaned, the more I saw.

Frustrated, I finally moved the stove.  And yes, I hit the mother-load! Yuk! Grease, sauce, and “other” splatters  were everywhere!

Revelation moment-I’d been spot cleaning!

The area was so filthy I had to get down on my hands and knees to scrub.

Now I could have easily cleaned the surface and no one would know, but once that filth was brought to my attention, I could do that.

In the same way, the Holy Spirit allows us this opportunity. We all may have a few dirty little secrets! The problem occurs when we pick and choose what we want to clean despite the warnings.

That’s where we run into the risk of “indecent exposure.”

…For He will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

2 Corinthians 4:5b

Realize God doesn’t allow us to get into embarrassing situations to get us back for sinning, but rather, to get us back on track. If we refuse to listen to gentle, discreet nudging, we set ourselves up to be put on blast.

Why risk it?

Through Christ’s blood we are redeemed from the death of sin, so there is nothing that we can do to ever separate us from God’s love. He is just to forgive, but we must fully repent. God’s  allowed me to camouflage so many character flaws and I am so grateful.

The first step, however, was I had to not only face my fault for what it was…a problem, as defined by Merriam-Webster–something that is difficult to deal with : something that is a source of trouble, worry, etc.–

Next, I had to admit that I created and nurtured it myself…

Only then did God cover the details of my past.  His grace allowed me to walk away from who I was, an alcoholic. So yes,  I dropped Jack D., renounced Crown’s throne, and sent Grey Goose flapping. Unfortunately some of my old drinking buddies are still bound, but I’m confident that if He could deliver me from the desire to drink with one prayer and ) AA meetings that He too can help them to look beyond the SKYY.

 

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