Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psalm 32:5 (NLT)
“Wow, the grass looks great!” I excitedly stated as we pulled into the driveway after a full morning of soccer games. There had been an abundance of rain that summer so the grass looked liked a gorgeous, green carpet. Motivated by the warm autumn weather, I began to walk the perimeter of the house putting the river rock border back into place. Working on my hands and knees, I put the rocks that had rolled into the grass back with the others. With my eyes close to the ground, I then observed the baby weeds sprouting between the blades of grass. Hidden from view when we drove up, these tiny weeds were easily seen with my head only a few inches from the ground. As I pulled these tiny weeds, I thought about the concealed transgressions in my life. From a distance like my grass, I look okay. I love God, and I love others. Upon further inspection, deep within my heart, I acknowledged the secret habits such as bitterness, self-pity, and pride that had taken root. With each weed removed, I asked God to forgive me of each buried offense that came to mind. Hours later, the yard truly looked beautiful and so did my heart.
Merciful Father, thank you for your forgiveness. Amen