1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Lately, I have done some soul searching and dug up certain issues that have been sitting on the shelf gathering dust and cobwebs. Paper and pen have been very helpful in my case. In writing I am able to identify the things that I have not voiced before. Paper is patient and will coax the words right out of me. Something magical happens in the process: I will gain a better understanding of myself.

We may think that we can lie to ourselves, but buried deep within us we know the truth. Suppressed memories have a life of its own and will resurface at some point, creating havoc. Ignored sin has the potential to destroy us. This is why God asks us to confess.

Confessing is a blessing.

Remember how Jesus greeted His followers after He rose from the grave? He said (Luke 24:36):

“Peace be with you.”

Hiding from ourselves is a disservice, but we open the door to healing once we admit our mistakes. The Lord is kind; He forgives and forgets. We rise out of the ashes while the Son of God speaks peace over us.

Hosea 6:3: “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

Weather can be volatile in Arizona during the Monsoon season. A few years back a micro burst had knocked down our power lines, which left us sitting in the dark. In search for lit quarters, my husband and I drove around in the neighborhood. A few blocks away we spotted a little family-owned restaurant that was lit like a Christmas tree. There we stayed until the power in our area was back on.

Connecting with God reminded me of this experience. When I met the Lord for the first time in my life it felt like a light switch turned on in a dark room, and all of a sudden I could make out things that I had not seen before. Plugged into the Great I Am, I noticed His power operating in my life.

Ignoring the Lord is like pulling the power plug. Disconnected from God we experience a power outage that leaves us dead on our feet; without the presence of His Spirit in our lives we lack everything that matters.

Realizing we are created is a big deal because we acknowledge where we come from. We are no accident; we do belong. And as we start realizing these things we begin to see the bigger picture. All of creation is connected to God. Everything points to Him; it is hard not to notice once we have become aware of His existence.

We have a Creator who cares about us; He comes to us like the winter rains – He softens the soil of our hearts and gives us the opportunity to thrive.