IMG_8692As the grandkids bound through the door last night, they could hardly contain their excitement. They were headed to Tennessee to spend a week with their ‘other’ grandparents, Nena and Poppa.

“Do you have are bags ready?”

“Sure do,” I said. “They are right there with your names on them.”

Whenever the grandkids take a road trip South, I prepare them bags filled with food snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Their mommy limits the amount of time they can spend on electronic devices; so the goodie bags come in handy and keep them occupied then they travel.

As I helped my daughter load up her Jeep, she picked up a 2-gallon container filled with cereal, rice, and uncooked pasta shapes. “What the heck is this?”

“Oh, that’s an I Spy bottle; I showed the kids how to play it last night.”

“Mother, where do you come up with these ideas? Please tell me they don’t unscrew the cap.”

“No, the cap is glued on and can’t be removed.” My daughter breathed out a sigh of relief as she carefully surveyed the container.

I Spy in a Bottle uses six picture cards that show various small objects hidden inside the container. The rice, dried pasta, cereal and assorted beans prevent the player from seeing them without shifting and moving the contents around to reveal the hidden items. The game starts over when all the pictured items have been revealed to the player.

What things are hidden in your I Spy bottle?

Life is our road trip and the pictured game cards are either snapshots from God’s Word or snapshots from this world. Our heart is the container and we have a choice of how we fill it. Even when we make the right choices, we can bury hidden sins in our heart.  We must shake and turn ourselves in the direction of God to allow hidden sin to surface and be revealed. When we do, we give that game card to Jesus in exchange for forgiveness. But the game doesn’t end.

I Spy is ongoing until death.

Our road trip in life tends to perpetuate and recycle past sins. Sin is in our nature, it’s in our disposition, and it’s in our humanness. It’s not just in our physical body; it’s in our minds, affections, feelings, emotions and will. Our only defense against sin is to read study and ingest the Word of God.

“Thy Word I have treasured in my heart,” said David, “that I might not sin against you,” Psalm 119.

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