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Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)
TITLE: God Achooism
By Carla Rogers
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When I walk out of dark, shadowy places into the brilliance of daylight, the sneezes begins; sneezes plural, not singular. When the sneezes subside my sides hurt and tears run down my face from the force of the sneezes. The stares and the pointing make these episodes even more uncomfortable, so I feel like hiding under a bush.
These are what I call my sneezing fits, but one of the common technical terms is Achooism or Achoo Syndrome. It is an uncontrollable weird reaction when the optic nerve is suddenly stimulated, going from shadow to light.
After one particular long episode, I began to think that Christians have God-Achooism. Being exposed to the glorious holy light of God, we have involuntary reactions that are contrary to what we would expect, just like sneezing when exposed to light. When the Holy Light shines on the dark and ugly parts that every one of us wants to keep hidden, our involuntary instinct is to make excuses, blame others. This reaction seems instinctual; just like the sneeze, a left over part of our nature. This part of our nature can be overcome when we submit to God when he shows us the part of us that needs changing.
As the Light continues to shine on the hard shadowy places of our soul, we want to hide or run away. God is showing unwanted attention to parts of our soul we sometimes even hide from ourselves, so we run away or ignore it. We don’t want to have the eyes of God knowing what he already knows, but we can’t hide from him.
We have to acknowledge what the Light has to show us, own up to the sin. It may be hard to do, but we will be more like God once we make the changes needed.
Prayer: Father, I pray for you to shine your Light in the dark places of my soul. Bring to the surface any hidden sins. Help me to rid myself of these sins which are keeping me from a closer relationship with you. Amen.
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