Our Sins Are ‘Toast’

Unfortunately burnt toast and burnt whatever happens more often then I’d like to admit in my house.

This was from yesterday morning, and the smoke that ensued caused my twelve year old to gag and ask how much longer till we we’d be leaving for the day.

I seriously just have to laugh it off anymore because it happens in what feels like a millisecond of time and frequently; if I didn’t laugh I’d spend a majority of my time offended.

One moment hunger-craved-food goes into our toaster oven…and the next moment smoke-alarms “long” to sound off wildly…had my family not pulled the batteries months ago after getting irritated with the ear piercing urgent beeping.

I really need to put batteries back in…just in case.

We bought the little toaster oven because of the convenience it offers. I can easily bake or toast non gluten free items in it and then afterwards line the baking tray with fresh foil to make my gluten free daughter’s food without the worry of cross contamination. It really works wonders so long as I pay attention. Literally though I can pop something in, turn around to take care of something else for what I think is just a speck of time, and come back to find a haze of smoke creeping it’s way out followed by a display of well done briquettes. It puts Weber to shame!

Side note: Truly the “burnt offerings” as they’ve come to be known at the Witt residence, have something to do with my ADD kicking in (which I’d actually rather refer to as multitasking, it makes me feel a bit more accomplished.) So in hindsight, I realize, I’m to blame for the blackened treasures. The toaster oven is not malfunctioning, it’s the operator!

The uncanny part of me sharing this story is that through this bad habit of burning food I’m actually reminded of how quickly sin can take up space in my life.

There have been times, as a Christian, where I feel so close to God that I forget Satan is always lurking, looking to devour. My Bible reading is meaningful, prayer time is heartfelt, and tithing is passionate and it seems like none of that could go wrong…

But then, as if out of nowhere, a Bible reading gets replaced by an article from CountryLiving, prayer time is interrupted by a Pinterest inspired craft time, and tithing is cut short because of supplies for the Pinterest craft.

And then the grueling process of sin builds; it becomes a gateway for additional slip-ups to come in more prominently — the Pinterest craft doesn’t turn out just right and anger instills, the best friend’s version looks flawless and jealousy emerges…

Can anyone else relate??

Friends what I end up with is anything far from a tasteful dish…

Instead I’ve allowed the sneakiest fox of all known as Satan to have his way with me…

Because once I begin to abandon those good habits I had (with me and Jesus) I become smoldered in a mess of sin.

And it happens in the blink of an eye…just like that burnt toast.

The good intentions are there, but if I don’t pay attention with care and concern sometimes those good intentions are scorched over with no forewarning.

Thankfully we serve a God who isn’t a fan of sin (and probably not burnt toast either). He’s not around to hang out for those things. He’s a God full of mercy and grace, and even re-do’s.

Which brings me to my point…

Whenever I end up with burnt toast, I remove it from the heat source, set it on a plate to cool off, and then I ditch that burnt toast to the trashcan faster than it took to burn it!! And I begin again — this next time with more attentiveness.

And you know something? I’m convinced God has a likeness with us and our sin nature and His way comes readily and unconditionally every time. He intervenes, carries us as we vent, shows us the correct path while our other one trails in the dust behind and then He leads us closer and nearer to Heaven’s perfect banquet, lovingly prepared by Him.

And that’s a feast I never want to miss out on.

Father God, you are so good to us. Our mess of sin, no matter how dark, is nothing compared to your gracious love. You desire to come to our rescue and you want nothing more than to have each of us as your very own. Thank you for never giving up on us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’ —Hebrews 8:12

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

36 thoughts on “Our Sins Are ‘Toast’”

  1. We have to be on guard at all times. The moment we turn our backs, the enemy quietly sneaks in. Thank you for this reminder. Definitely something we need to keep in mind. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit nudges us when we get off track. And I am so thankful for the Lord’s grace and mercy. ❤

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  2. Alicia, I must admit I laughed out loud when I saw your photo of black toast. Not an hour before, I left a ham & Swiss sandwich under the broiler a bit longer than I wanted. Sure ’nuff, I had black toast around the crust edges. Just like my sins under the heat of the crucifixion. Love it when we can identify in do many ways. Stay warm & healthy. – Alan

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  3. I love how you can turn burnt toast into a Bible lesson!
    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve reached the point that anything but reading the Bible is taking up my mornings lately. I fall asleep listening to the Bible app at night and miss what has been said. I keep telling myself I’m going to “start again tomorrow” and I get busy doing something else.
    So from now on, I’m going to remember your burnt toast every morning so it will motivate me to sit down with God instead of Frasier! (I’m a huge Frasier fan! haha!!)

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    1. Haha Frasier!!
      It can be a challenge to break a bad habit BUT God is on our side and once we break the negative habit it’s such a feeling/reward of blessing!!
      I’ll be praying for you!!…and may be if you could even just start back by listening to some Christian music while washing dishes etc and then gain from there!🙏❤️

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      1. Girl it’s amazing how God can show us different things about something! 💜 Oh those frequent flyer meals! 😂 Speaking of that…when I was first learning to cook as a teen, I left a skillet of oil to warm up on the stove for just a minute, 😂 with the intentions of frying French fries. 🤦‍♀️ Caught the oil on fire! Like to have scared me to death!!! 😱

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      2. Oh my goodness that’s scary!!

        After I shared this post on burnt toast, well then in ‘zoom blogger chat’ Saturday morning we shared worst cooking stories..I told them about the time I had youth group kids at my house and was making hot tea, somehow I caught the tea bag on fire, dropped it in my wood floor and then someone stomped it out quickly.. thankfully there wasn’t even a burn mark on the floor… It was the craziest thing!! Cooking is not really my forte LOL

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  4. Well, you were stepping on my toes all over the place, Alicia! From the interrupted quiet time to the burnt toast, hahaha! But really, this is so good and I appreciate your insights about sin and our responsibility. Good truths!! Blessings, my friend!

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  5. Beautiful lesson! I love when God inspires an analogy through a real-life experience. Then he uses your writing to craft an unforgettable illustration. Been there many times in my life both in setting off smoke alarms by diverted attention for a millisecond and losing focus when the enemy leads me away like a critter following a trail of enticing crumbs. Have a blessed day.

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