Sometimes the most mundane tasks can teach the most profound lessons. Let’s take poop for instance. That’s right, I said it. Poop. No one wants to talk about it because it’s gross, stinky, and embarrassing. Yet it is part of life. Doctors need to know about a patient’s poop when making certain diagnoses or providing certain treatment. Parents seem to think nothing of comparing their children’s poop as a matter of course. And then there’s pet owners.
One of my dogs is quite finicky when it comes to her #2. She will only go on a walk, not in the backyard, unless we’ve been very bad and haven’t walked her for a couple of days. And what’s more, she has in her mind a certain spot (I guess) or a certain amount of time or walking she needs to get done before she is ready to go.
Yet, as a responsible dog owner, I don’t leave the house without “the pooper-scooper”. Therefore, no matter how far from home my dog poops, I still have to pick it up and carry it back, so as to dispose of it properly (you know, where poop belongs – in the toilet).
The other day, I was stricken by how similar poop is to sin. Sin is another subject no one wants to talk about. Lots of people like to commit sin, but they just don’t like to admit that that’s what they’re doing. Regardless, no matter how much we try to disassociate our actions from the definition of sin (turning away from God/disobeying Him), God is always there to pick up the pieces and dispose of them properly. He forgives, even though He’d much prefer that we obey than repent.
I’m sure sometimes He also scratches His head and wonders if we really believe that we are fooling Him, when we go out of our way to hide our sin. He knows it’s there, and He knows where it belongs. Maybe we can do Him a favor and at least quit trying to keep it from Him. We may be embarrassed by our sin, but He isn’t. He’s saddened by it, but as long as we live in this fallen world, we will sin. And dogs will poop. It is what it is. Just clean it up and move on.