Post-from-the-past Friday: Of Mice and Sin

Re-posted from May 2010


Now, most of us really wouldn’t like the comparison between our hearts and the smell of decomposing rodents in our walls. We live in a 135+ year old house in a very rural area. We’ve apparently hosted a Mouse Hotel for a number of years and have recently closed down this project, but the mice have yet to get the idea. Even the poison we’ve put out to try and deter their visits don’t always keep them away. Every once in a while we have a visitor who refuses to leave and eventually they definitely outlast their welcome! They drop dead in our walls and we must wait out the decaying process. This has also happened with birds in our chimney.

As we’ve been waiting out the “fragrance” I’ve had an opportunity to ponder the similarities between the unpleasantness of this situation with the issues we all deal with in our lives. Now, if these mice died in the open, I could simply pick them up (or I could have my SONS or HUSBAND pick them up) and dispose of them outside in trash and enjoy the fresh air of the living. But they tend to go into the dark places to hide and eventually die. This is so much like the sin issues in our hearts.

We don’t want to expose our sin. Not to others, not to God and often, not to ourselves. So we continue to hide it. And there, in the darkness of our hearts, it begins to rot, and eventually to smell.

Now some of you may think, “Oh that never happens to me. I’m completely open and honest.” Like Loker in the TV show Lie To Me, some people actually believe they practice radical honesty. But the truth is, we all hide things. Sometimes we hide things because we are just not ready to deal with them. Sometimes we hide things because we are hoping they will go away. Sometimes we hide things because we just don’t want anyone to see them.

Many times it really isn’t that big a deal because God will bring things into the light of our hearts in His timing. But sometimes, it is the smelly putrefaction of the sin that brings things to light. When we come to a place in our lives that we are FORCED to deal with them…because we cannot stand the stink of them anymore, we can finally begin to clear the air and allow the Spirit to work these things out in our lives.

If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

So, the question is, how does your spiritual heart smell? If it smells like my kitchen, then it is time to allow the Spirit do some revealing and cleaning. It makes things seemingly unbearable for a time, but the result will be refreshing and freeing – a sweet smelling aroma to the Lord – and well worth it in the end!


Linking to:
Big Family Friday, Faith Filled Friday, Comfy In The Kitchen, Proverbs 31, Thought Provoking Thursdays

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21 Comments

  1. Wow! What a great post! Gonna tweet. :)

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    • Thanks, Laura. It’s convicting to ME as I read it again! :D

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  2. SO good! I love this. Great analogy to use with my kids too. :)
    Thanks!

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    • Thanks, Monica, for the encouragement to share it with our children. I love the pictures God uses to reach MY mind and heart!

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  3. This was a perfect comparision. I want my heart to be fresh and clean at all times!

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    • Shari, it IS such a challenge for us to keep short accounts with the Lord. I’m glad this post was an encouragement to you.

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  4. Thank you for that reminder. I pray that I can be receptive to the cleaning that the Spirit wants to give my heart.

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    • Amen, Jennifer! You and me both!! Thanks for the comment.

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  5. Yes, the stench of sin is indeed sickening…and yet we so often put up with when we should ask the Holy Spirit to open it up to be dealt with.

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    • Yes, Joe, that is so true. And when we FINALLY get around to giving the Spirit room to work and He does a cleaning in our hearts, we look back and wonder WHAT IN THE WORLD we were thinking by holding on to our sin! Oh Lord, make me a clean smelling vessel for YOUR glory!

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  6. This is a great analogy…and I know there are times there is rotting sin in my life. Always good to examine our hearts…if we realized how “bad it smells” we’d do it more often. Thanks for sharing this reminder.

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    • Thanks, Gail, for your encouraging comment. It is so easy to just sit in our “smelly” sin and sort of get acclimated to the stench. Until the Lord clears it out and we can TELL the difference.

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  7. Thanks for the wonderful analogy, Kate. The Holy Spirit has certainly been doing some “revealing and cleaning” in my heart recently. It is not pleasant at the time, but praise God is mercies are made new every morning!

    I just added you to my blogroll so more women can draw encouragement from your lovely blog!

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    • Tara, I’m excited to hear the Lord has been moving in your heart, although I SURE DO understand that unpleasantness of discipline!

      Thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll! I’m very blessed by that and by your sweet comments!

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  8. Such a great post. I love when people use real life analogies to teach spiritual truth. I know those decaying mouse smells…not pleasant, and neither is a heart harboring unconfessed sin. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks, Bryan! God tends to speak to me through pictures because that’s how I think. I appreciate your comment very much. Thanks again.

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  9. Wow Awesome post! I just love this I am really big on not hiding stuff. Great JOB!

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  10. Hi also trying to find hoe to follow you?

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      Thanks for your sweet comment!

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  11. great analogy….and yuck mice hotel in the walls. I’d freak. Perspectives…my kids think they’re so cute…not me. I run from them and I’m running from the things in my life that aren’t pleasing to Him either. Happy Easter

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    • Hi Nikki. Praise the Lord that you run from those things not pleasing to Him!! I desire to but confess that sometimes I don’t. He eventually deals with them in my life and works that into my testimony of HIS faithfulness! Have a blessed Easter, too!

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