So I started to put some fresh paint on the old truck. This time-worn work horse has a lot of road scars from bad driver decisions and unsecured loads. Yet with all her historic bruises, welts, and scars this truck is going back into service, not some museum. The saving grace of fresh paint; the rust is gone. The dents are still visible but they are covered. The new life and color are great from a distance, but when standing close the imperfections can still be seen under the fresh paint. As a matter of fact, somehow, the renewed coat has magnified the scars of her old life. I wondered as I worked on the old truck, “is she a hypocrite for wearing a new coat when she is just and old truck? Is it right for her to make a fresh start and go back into full truck service for her owner and maker? Who does she think she is? Those who knew her in another life might simply call her a hypocrite. There she is, pretending to be all new when we can still see her old dents and scars!” We remember who she used to be! The truth is that while some may criticize her attempts at the new life, in the end the one who loves her will be her judge. You might say she is not perfect, just forgiven!
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Ps 32:1 NIV