I have made a brand new scientific discovery this week! I call it the “One-Way Chameleon”. These amazing creatures adapt to their environment so thoroughly, you would hardly recognize them! However, one particular thing distinguishes them from any other chameleon. Once they have camouflaged themselves, they are unable to revert back to their original color on their own! You have never heard of these creatures? I am sure you have. I have three perfect specimens in my house! They are called children!
My children have an uncanny ability to change color when they go downstairs to play in our backyard. They love to set up roads for their dinky cars, climb the trees, walls and whatever else they can find, not to mention discovering their own secret hideout somewhere in the recesses of the stairs hidden behind the water tank! Unfortunately, our backyard is mostly dirty sand – you know, as opposed to clean sand! It takes no effort whatsoever for them to get covered from head to toe!
When the time comes for Mom to call them upstairs for supper, they seem completely unable to revert back to their original color. Mom has to take each of them in turn STRAIGHT to the tub to soak and scrub. Somehow, by the miracle of God’s creativity, their skin eventually does look squeaky clean ... after a while. I wish I could say the same for some of their clothes. We could do a great Tide commercial – if only we HAD Tide in Mozambique.
As I watched my transformed trio at the supper table, I was reminded of another kind of “One-Way Chameleon”. We ALL fit into this category. Have you ever noticed how easy it is for us to get dirty – sometimes from head to toe – with sin? No one has to teach us how to do that. It seems to happen quite naturally. Unfortunately, it is not so easy for us to become spiritually clean again. On our own all our efforts are hopeless. We need to be ‘washed in the blood of Christ’. In other words, we need to ask Jesus to forgive our sins and to cleanse our hearts and lives by His power. It was His sacrifice on the cross that made it possible for us to be spiritually clean.
Is it time for a spiritual soaking?
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they are red as crimson they shall be like wool.” Isa. 1:18
You had me going for a while there Donna ;-) I actually did think you were talking about Chameleons, so had a good chuckle when I read about the three of them that live at your house. It was such a good example to use and I loved the picture you painted of your children enjoying life in Mozambique. With love, Deb
19 Aug 2003
Donna - you have a way of taking common, real-life experiences and relating them to a spiritual truth. Keep up the enlightenment, it is refreshing. Ray