What do scorpions, sin and blacklights have in common? The answer might frighten, and enlighten you.
Let me explain.
I’ve lived in the desert southwest all my life, but I’d never seen a scorpion — until this year. They dwell in the mountainous outskirts of my city. Areas like where our new home is located. I remember telling our realtor that my #1 Bugaboo is scorpions. Find my perfect home, and make sure no scorpions live within a ten-block radius (or fifty).
He found the perfect home. The only thing, scorpions were included.
Suddenly, I realized God’s blessing was going to come with a challenge: Trusting in Him.
God’s blessings are never meant to harm us. This home was an answer to every prayer my husband and I had prayed for two long years. And so much more!
So I accepted the critters, thanked God for the gorgeous mountain views, invested in pest control, and settled into my new normal.
My new normal included a blacklight.
God designed a beautiful flaw in these desert chameleons: Florescence! Regular flashlights won’t reveal a well-hidden scorpion. Under a florescent bulb, however, they light up like little blue Christmas trees. Thank you, Jesus!
My blacklight has a designated spot in our home. I feel safer knowing I can shine it in every dark corner and immediately see any hint of a scorpion. Thankfully, we haven’t had a single one inside our home, but I’m ready to wipe them out — with a vengeance!
There is one dirty drawback to shining a blacklight inside your home: a plethora of stains glow too. It’s not for the faint-hearted or clean freak.
I am both!
Cooking oil, detergent, bug spray, and pet piddle are a few culprits of these blacklight fright shows. The good news is, just like Emmet from The LEGO Movie became a Master Builder, you will become a Master Cleaner!
Even though I’d take stains over scorpions any day of the week and twice on Sundays, it’s unsettling to see how much grime is invisible to the naked eye.
Isn’t it the same with sin?
I think we need a spiritual blacklight for sin.
We might walk around appearing clean and normal, but with grimy sin hiding everywhere. Some sins are very obvious, but others can hide in plain view. Only the right kind of light exposes them.
Search me, God, and know my heart…. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
When we examine ourselves under the light of God, our sin becomes highly visible. It’s not easy to look at. Some sin might make us cringe and feel dirty. But that’s not God’s purpose in revealing it.
God’s Light is meant to expose a very poisonous spiritual predator: Sin. Exposed sin is vulnerable. That’s why it likes to hide.
So, how can you find a spiritual backlight?
- Ask God to shine His light on your life.
- Keep His Word in a special, designated place.
- Let the Holy Spirit uncover hidden sin.
- Be ready to wipe out whatever God reveals — with a vengeance!
The more you do these things, the brighter God’s light will shine. Don’t be afraid of what it might reveal. Seeing our sin is the first step in getting rid of it.
We all have hidden stains. Be thankful if you don’t also have scorpions. Either way, God has given us light for both. What a good and faithful God!
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. (Ephesians 5:13 NIV)