We have all heard and sang the old childhood rhyme of “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will ever harm you..” And we all know that it just isn’t true. Words, thrown like stones, can cause great damage. One of my favorite verses in Psalm is
“For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
Psalms 103:11-12 NLT
You see, I have a tendency to struggle with shame over past regrets. It’s one of those things that I understand that ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans) but still feel that I should have known better, etc. Do you know what I mean?
I get this mental picture of me standing by a lake bed with stones in my hand trying to skip them across the water —and another person with stones in their hands as well—
For me, I can choose to listen to the insults hurled, like rocks, from the enemy that wound me and crush me under the weight of shame. When I throw my stone with shame attached, it doesn’t skip far before it sinks!
BUT when I allow (notice the operational word here) the Father to skip my rock for me—HE throws the best skipping rock that continues to skim the top of the water, until I cannot see it any longer, in fact it never sinks!!
This is a verse I come back to over and over again when faced with the accusations of the enemy. God’s unfailing love for me is as close as pointing my face upward toward heaven and never ceases, and he takes my sin -and shame- and casts (hurls) it so far away from me, as far as the East is from the West (which never meet)
Sisters, this is a HUGE encouragement for me and I pray that it will encourage you too. He is the master stone skipper. If you deal with recurring bouts of shame as I do, Let him take your stones and throw them, never to return!! I pray blessings on you today, sweet sisters—