originally written in 2009 for All Saints Church
I once heard a Pastor preach about the fact that sin does not remain in a vacuum. When we sin (or when others sin against us) it spreads out and affects and infects others.
As I listened to his sermon my mind wandered to a correlation between sin and the wake of our sailboat when we were motoring in the Intracoastal Waterway. As you go through the red and green markers of the waterway there are signs posted all along the way saying, “NO WAKE.” This means that you are suppose to slow down and not leave a choppy wake behind you as you pass between the markers.
Well, there are people who are disobedient and their wake spreads out behind them. The interesting thing about the wake is that as it comes off the stern of the boat it is small (kind of like the pointed part of a “V”). The farther the wake gets from the boat the larger it becomes (think of the spreading arms of a “V”). As the wake spreads out it begins to encounter other objects and it causes them to rock and roll in its swell.
If the wake is large enough it will begin to pound against the walls on either side of the Intracoastal waterway. You can hear the surf, from the wake, pounding against the walls with big booms. The spray leaps up in the air clearing the tops of the wall in its efforts to spread even further. When people continually disobey the “NO WAKE” signs the walls begin to be eroded from the pounding of wakes from the boats. That gave me a really good picture of the effects of sin on our lives.
In the beginning the consequence of sin seems small, with minimum impact on others. Then sin gathers momentum spreading out to reach towards others. As the wake of sin continues the sin begins to pound into others, slowly eroding away at their lives.
Many of the people who walk through the doors of the Glennon House have been affected by someone else sinning against them. It has wrecked havoc in their life leaving them feeling broken and hopeless. It is through inner healing of memories that the person is finally set free from the sin that has been inflicted against them. Jesus died on the cross for all sins. He will be the One to stand between the person and the waves of that sin that has been eroding away at their lives. His body absorbs all the sin’s pounding so that they may be set free. Wholeness and hope abound where Jesus gives freedom.
Until next time blessings and healing