The odor was awful. Hubby and I walked from here to there in the garage; We looked and looked while I fought nausea. “What is that horrible smell?”
The stench was so bad even the skunks passing by held their noses.
After looking some more, we found the source. We had carved fat off the chicken, placed it in a plastic bag, sealed and tossed it in the trash can. The 100-degree temperature must have melted the fat and spilled out, giving that awful odor.
We all do the same thing, don’t we? We carve out past mistakes, failures, bad decisions or painful mistakes. And thinking we’re discarding them, we move ahead, confident and secure.
But when we least expect it, the smell of dark memories surfaces. The regret stinks. The remorse is nearly nauseating.
Of course it is. That’s because we failed to give the ugly past to God. We forgot that only He can take it and make it vanish. We missed the truth that no matter what we have done, failed to do, or how bad we messed up, He can clean it all. He can dispose of it in His container labeled “forgiveness.”
And in the wasteland of remorse, He turns on the fresh spring that cleans out the dark past, making a new fresh, shiny tomorrow.
So He invites you and me to get out of the stinky garage, and…”Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18).
Father, thank you for the freedom from the ugly past you give me. Yesterday’s mistakes and failures are now in your hands, covered by your grace, and forever gone from my heart, my life and my thoughts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
- What past stuff needs to be cleaned out from your soul?
- What keeps you from trusting in God with your past?
- How does your today change, knowing your past is in His Hands?
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