That's the Guy

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. (Psalm 51:4 ESV)

My sister’s husband anguishes with the effects of dementia. A challenge I would not wish on anyone. However, there are those special moments. 

There are certain places my sister likes to keep her mail, bills to be paid, and other personal items. Lately, her husband has been moving them. 

One day, totally exasperated, she finally said, “Honey, quit moving those things. I want them left right where they are!”

“I didn’t move them,” he said confidently.

“Well then, who did?” she insisted.

“Come here and I’ll show you,” he replied.

They walked into the bedroom, over to the dresser mirror. Looking at both images in the mirror, pointing to his reflection, he said emphatically, “That’s the guy!” 

There are many times I want God to think it was not me who sinned, but that other guy – that guy in the mirror. As much as I may try and evade my guilt, the words of David bring me to reality. It is then I understand the conviction of my sin is what brings healing. If I cannot acknowledge it, I cannot confess it. Nor can I seek forgiveness and restoration.

As hard as I might try to deny it – the one in the mirror will always be me. 

Father, thank you that you will not let me “hide” from my sin. Thank you that instead of pretending otherwise, I can confess – it is I.