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Sunlight and Sin

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

I was vacuuming at my parents’ home. As I vacuumed I noticed how the brilliant morning sun poured through the open front door. It illumined the entryway cluttered with grass clippings. That area obviously needed a good cleaning. I rapidly closed the door to vacuum in that corner of the room.

What a change. No longer were the grass clippings so glaring, instead they were barely perceptible in the now-shadowy area. As I swept behind the door to thoroughly clean the entryway, I realized I had just witnessed a spiritual lesson in a rather mundane household chore.

How like that messy entryway our lives are. They are littered with the tiny sins of gossip, complaining, and ungratefulness . . . just to mention a few sins humans consider of the lesser nature. The daily illumination of God’s Word clearly points out these areas not surrendered in obedience to Him. What a disaster we precipitate in our lives by failing to daily read God’s Word and obey it. The Lord has ordained His Scriptures as the primary source of imparting His desires and will for us.

If you find yourself guilty of shutting out the light, don’t shun reading your Bible. This is the Holy Spirit's way to illuminate your life. It’s just like my closing the door and preventing the sunlight from brightening the entryway. Open up and let God shine through.

Father, continue to remind us that Your Word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. May we never shy away from sin you are revealing to us through Your Scriptures. Give us courage to allow Your searchlight to examine our lives and consent to that sin’s eradication from our lives by the power of Your Holy Spirit at work in us.

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Bernadean J. Gates

Bernadean J. Gates, a retired elementary teacher, resides with her mother—a wickedly sharp 92-year-old, on her mother’s farm. Bernadean cares for their small herd of cattle. Her collaboration with her deceased father entitled Okie over Europe—recounting his military experience as a B-17 upper turret gunner, was published just prior to his death in 2015. She has been published in numerous periodicals, a short story anthology, and on her blogsite at https://bernadeanjgates.blogspot.com.


  1. This was a wonderful, most inspiring piece. Really relative to our everyday activities pointing out how close we can daily walk with the Lord.