The rain is pouring down. The nimble dash from the carpark to the shopping centre is swift. But as as the wet feet hit the smooth slippery tiles … whoosh… I land unceremoniously on my rear end.

The embarrassment of being spralled out on the floor is further highlighted with the onset of a very red face. Should have seen that coming! “Get up quickly…get up quickly” flashes through my mind.

A stranger comes and offers a hand to get to my feet. I accept the offer, thank him and gingerly walk on…now conscious of every step I take.

“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed are those whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”
Romans 4:7,8

When evil desire (wet feet) is given the opportunity (slippery floor) we will transgress (slip up) and fall into sin (fall on our butt).

Just as we could choose to stay on the floor, we too could choose to stay in sin. But who would want to?

And just as the stranger has reached out to us and given us an offer to get up again and walk on, so does God when we sin. Accept and recieve. It is known as forgiveness.

Take the offer to get up and tread more carefully in the future. We may slip again, but we can also get up again.

Oh, and don’t forget to thank God for His forgiveness, just as we would the stranger who reached out to us in our time of need.

Now where was I? Oh, yes… the paper, butter, milk, bread…