Thursday, August 8, 2013

"Ye Ole Pine Needle"

When the rain comes down and the wind blows just right, pine needles fall from the surrounding trees in our yard.  The other day, those little pixie stick lookin thingies fell on my car and covered it.  I figured when I drove on Interstate 95 the majority of them would fly away.  Most of them did, however, one of those skinny brown needles stayed in the gap between the hood of my car and the windshield wiper.

At first it wasn't a big deal but later it started bugging me.  I flipped the wiper switch to get it loose.  That didn't work.  So I figured when I got out of the car, I would reach over and pull it out.  Not a big deal.  But, when I got out of the car, I forgot, having something more important to do.

Time went on and days went by.  I would get back in the car never thinking about that twig until I sat in the drivers seat.  Each time I did, I would think to myself, "when I get out of this car,  I am taking that pine needle out of that wiper!"  Many days continued, each time was the same;  I forgot, having something more important to do.

As I got in the car today and looked at that stupid thing,  I said to myself, "Ye ole pine needle!  How like my sin you are!  I forget about you because you are out of my mind and I seem to have something more important to do (than to worry about it right now), you continue to stay when you're not wanted, and I have a hard time plucking you out!"

Thankfully, removing that sin is as easy as taking that brown twirly piece of nothing out of the blade and throwing it down!  Once I make up my mind to make it a priority, and REPENT, God will cast it to the ground!

How wonderful that our heavenly Father takes away those nagging needles of sin from our lives and throws them "as far as the east is from the west", further than any wind can find my windshield wiper!

Psalm 103:3,12  "who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases" and "as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us."

I wonder if there will be pine needles in heaven?