I dug around in the fridge trying to find space for yet another tupperware container. They were stacked to the limit because I’d been shoving leftovers I had no intention of eating in there just to put off dealing with the waste another day…and another….and another. We do the same thing with our hearts.
Sometimes when an argument is ending, we cram a little leftover hurt into the back of our heart. When a wrong isn’t something we’re ready to confess but isn’t something we can forget, it gets pushed back there, too. We sin, and then stack up excuses to keep conviction contained.
Just like the fridge, sometimes our hearts start to stink. The leftovers go stale, the containers leak a little. What could have been dealt with in an unpleasant but quick moment accrues into a mess that takes time and effort to scrub away completely.
David’s prayer in Psalm 51 shows us how to deal with the mess in our hearts when we’ve been stashing away our sin…