Ink Spots and Naked Chicks Named Betty
A girl in our home group named Paula told us the most amazing story last night. A while back she had warned her 4 year old, Brooke, not to wear her new outfit to play in. Like most little girls Brooke opted to pass on that piece of advice. She began playing with a permanent marker in her brand new favorite outfit. I don’t have to tell you the rest of this story. She only got one tiny spot on her shirt but needless to say it wouldn’t come out. Paula told us how her 4 year old cried and cried over her new outfit. She apologized to her parents and then to God for this tragic mistake. She asked God and her parents over and over “What was I thinking?”
I’ve know guys who had tattoos of naked chicks on their arm with an inscription below that reads Betty, or Janet, or Olivia Forever. After a life changing experience or even after a spouse changing experience they regret what they have done. Some get bikinis put over their naked chicks or a green block put over their names. But, for the most part they have a life long reminder of mistakes made.
We all have ink stained shirts or tattoos of a naked chicks named Betty in our lives. Mistakes made that can’t be undone. However, we talked last night in home group about how God can make you as if you never sinned. In fact He says “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.” (Isaiah 1:18) Are you crying out in your soul “What was I thinking?” God didn’t sacrifice His only Son Jesus to beat you up; He sacrificed Him to lift you up. If your past in pelting you this week confess your mistakes, your sins, to God, fall back and flap your arms and legs in the freshly fallen snow of forgiveness. God loves you and wants to get you past your past.