2019-06-12 - Rose-Colored Carpet
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)
Psalm 51: 1-19, (KJV)
Colossians 1:13-15 (KJV)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted