Who would’ve guessed that a cable buried underground would be buried so shallow?! We didn’t. Which is why we knicked it with an edger on Sunday as we were putting in the dog fence!
We wanted our pups to have some space to roam on our property while keeping them away from the road that could lead to demise. Chris used the edger to prepare the ‘trench’ as we walked around some of the woods. An hour later, our daughter came outside and let us know the internet wasn’t working. When we finished the project and came into the house, we found it still not working. I went to turn the modem off and on again and realized it was genuinely broken, and the technician that arrived late Monday afternoon let us know that we had done the damage! It turns out that because of fear of hitting pipes, they run the cable just a mere inch under the surface!
It’s amazing how some of the simplest things can wreak havoc! Because of the cut line, my daughter couldn’t do her research online and I couldn’t perform my job functions the next day until it was fixed.
It made me think about some of the simplest things I do, seemingly ‘surface level’ sins that knick the line of communication with God. Please know that there is absolutely no difference from one sin to the next. There are no “big” or “little” sins. They are all measured on the same yard stick in God’s eyes. But often we, as humans, give levels to our sins. And the sins like a mean spirit towards someone or some of the words we say are overlooked because it just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. –James 4:17
Those examples (along with 100 others I could name), while not turning me away from God, prevent an open line of communication with God because of actions I take. Sins, unrepented, can muffle what God is saying and teaching us because our hearts are clouded with the muck and mire that just keeps building. One by one, these sins start piling up, and just like the wire that was knicked preventing us from accessing the important information we needed, we miss how God is speaking and maturing us. We’re bogged down with the sins of this world instead of being lifted up with the life-giving grace of Jesus Christ.
I encourage you, dear sisters, to ask God to show you where the knicks are in your life. Repent and reestablish that sweet connection with your Savior. He’s longing to speak to you!
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. –1 John 1:9