The other evening my husband and I were enjoying some quiet time when I gasped and he immediately put his hand on his face so he could catch his breath. We were inside, minding our own business when a skunk decided to either attack our home or make it his own territory. Doesn't matter which one the outcome is the same, smelly.
I am not sure if you have ever smelled a skunk that wasn't road kill [a lot of the smell is gone from these guys] but they will suck the breath right out of you and you pray you won't have to take another one anytime soon.
Somehow our dog didn't seem to get the memo to stay away from anywhere that a skunk has been and she rolled in the grass and was now covered in that awful smell. Well, we had just burnt scented candles and sprayed the inside of the house so we could breath and in comes the dog. It was like opening the door to the skunk to stroll into our home. We sent the dog packing and lite the candles and got out the spray bottle once again.
Our daughter gave a much needed treated bath to the dog and she smelled somewhat better but we didn't allow her into our little place again. Thinking the breeze outside would be the best ticket to chase away the rest of the smell.
Don't you know the very next day she rolled in the stink again! We were just getting to the place where we would allow her back in to our little abode and all over again the smell wafted in as she strutted into our home. We ushered her right outside and she stared at us as if to ask, "What's up?"
Repeat of the bath with vinegar and some other marvelous ingredients. She is now in the house in her usual place and all is well.
Got me to thinking about sin. We seem to get the "stink" of it all over us and need to be bathed in forgiveness. God tells us in Acts 10:43
Everyone who believes in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name. All the prophets agree that this is true.”
We are told that he washes us clean and we are free from the "stink" of sin. The only thing we need to keep in mind is that we don't want to hang out where the "stink" of sin is and get covered again. However, just like our dog got that second bath God is able to forgive us again and help us turn around and head in a new direction. God is so good. Ask him to help you to stay away from the "stink" of sin and he will gladly help you.
Don't let it be skunk season where you live!