[CF Devotionals] 2019-06-12 - Rose-Colored Carpet

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A small hole began to develop in our basement’s rose-colored carpet, due to it being part of the path our dog Melody takes to retrieve her tennis balls as we play. The corridor opposite what I will call the game-room section leads to the downstairs bathroom, and is the perfect place for her to fetch ball when we cannot do so out in the backyard. I just need to close a couple doors, and “off we go,” giving her round after round of exercise as needed. Sometimes it ends up looking like a pinball match, with a ball bouncing everywhere and her chasing it. After noticing a trail of carpet pieces scattered around in the retrieval path, I found the balding spot and immediately thought about ways to cover it up, so as not to allow the unraveling area to widen. I realized a remnant of the same carpet I have been using upstairs might fit the space near perfectly, and then I took some measurements before transferring it downstairs. Voila, it would fit nicely! As soon as we began the next cycle of activity, I then observed that I had not considered the fact the remnant would move when she slid into it to stop and grab her tennis ball. I tried putting some stick-on Velcro strips underneath the corners of it, hoping that would be enough to hold it-to no avail. With no furniture available to affix it, and moving it back and forth during play not a suitable option, I realized I could put some of our weightlifting plates on the corners out of Melody’s running path. I wrapped the weights in bubble wrap and prior to play, I showed her where they were located, to avoid surprise contact. When I tried painter’s tape over the hole initially, she saw it on her own as she ran toward it, and ran around it until she knew it was not dangerous to her. So I knew she would process the information. The pierced spot in the carpet is not gone, but it’s hidden away safely for the moment.

Are there any secrets hidden away in your life, that seem safe from God’s notice? We all have had secrets at one time or another. We could be hiding a gift for someone until a special occasion, have a mystery to uncover when we have misplaced an item of importance, perhaps keeping something in confidence for a friend or relative who needs a trusted ear, or a riddle to solve while working a crossword. The most damaging secrets to hide are the ones that put up barriers between us and others. Relationships with people can be permanently damaged by deception, another type of secret. Many times, we can keep people from figuring things out-at least for a while. But even when we believe we are hiding things from God, it is not possible. He formed our souls, and knows us before we know Him. He allows us to choose to include him in our lives with free will. If we keep covering up a hole with Him, we only fool ourselves into believing it is the best way to manage our flaws. To what lengths have you strived to keep something from Him? God already knows every piece of the unraveled carpet in our hearts, and will forgive each of them, every time-when we truly repent-and will knit it all back together. Afterward, there is no longer a need to cover it up; we get a clean slate. All we need to do is sincerely ask, with a heart willing to change the action.

I recall sincerely asking my Mother for forgiveness, following my egregious behavior in misusing the time I was given for using her car on a weekend when I was sixteen. I put over a hundred miles on it in about forty-eight hours, in a town that it took fewer than fifteen minutes to circle. I had no idea that she kept track of the mileage in her car, and so I brilliantly assumed she would never know what I had done, as long I put more gasoline back in the car, leaving it at its original level. I was supposed to travel only when getting to home and school and to do a few errands for her, so it certainly did send a red flag with so many more miles driven. The worst part was not only deceiving her, but disappointing her. I then spent many months regaining the trust she so willingly offered me. God willingly offers us relationship with those same elements, and while we can be out of fellowship with Him, as we are at times from family and friends with whom we are close, He always wants us to be reconciled with him willingly and welcomes us back with open arms. Repentance of a true nature can be taught to us by those moments with loved ones which have us feeling bruised by our own choices, and wanting to change our ways. I’m grateful for the gifts given through this life’s experiences that ultimately teach me how to reach my God. He makes new my rose-colored carpet holes (so to speak) each time I repent. How about you?

Genesis 3:1-14,16&17 (KJV)
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Psalm 51: 1-19, (KJV)
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Colossians 1:13-15 (KJV)
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”

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