Behind the Wallpaper
Moving into a different house always has unexpected features and annoyances. The secret behind the wallpaper was far from an annoyance; Gary found destruction.
Finally his little girl is able to have a pink room. Job one, was to remove the peach colored wallpaper and border in the room, Stripping wallpaper is a job for the hardy. Some of the advertised strippable paper sticks tightly regardless of how it is advertised. The former family had also meticulously wallpapered inside a window casing that had a small window seat. Windows tend to leak cold air, which when mixed with slightly humid warm air, becomes a breeding place for mold. Who knew?
Upon removal of the window framed with wallpaper the family found mold. Not just a little mold. Disheartened, they found an abundance of mold. The mold had spread under the wallpaper, eaten the glue, and a large hole in the wallboard! The repair became a big job. Now, the job is not impossible but it takes unexpected and time-sapping work.
The beautiful turned ugly under the surface. Sin that lurks under beautiful smiles and perfect church attendance becomes damaging indeed. There is no simple repair. There are times when an individual must bravely take a scalpel and scrape and cut away the layers of temptation that led to the damage. Yes, confessed sin is promised forgiveness. Mercy is available. Still, the repair is often a long process. Repentance that involves a complete change in inner attitudes must follow the confession or the surface will never be as lovely as it once appeared. Although the sin may be neatly, even beautifully hidden from others, God knows it is there. Psalm 90:8 expresses it this way: “Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee; our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.” The plea of our hearts should be, “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse Thou me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12)
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13 bold emphasis is mine). Confession brings mercy; forsaking the sin must become a habit.
Yes, the damage was extensive. Patching, sanding, and sealing the window leak will allow the surface to restoration. Yes, a spiritual life restored is a once more an effective and beautiful thing. Beautifully changed within and without.
How much better if the sin had been avoided in the first place. Check yourself. Is anything hidden behind the wallpaper?