The Black Spot

When my oldest son was four years old, he had to have surgery in the pelvic/groin area. The incision was covered with a small, protective packing foam – like dressing. The incision had bled a little leaving a dark brown spot on the dressing.

One day both my sons, aged four and two, were having a bath together. I had left the bathroom door open and I was just in the hallway when all of a sudden I heard my oldest son yelling, “Mommy, Mommy, get him away from me!”. I rushed into the bathroom to find a frozen tableau of my oldest son standing up in the tub and backed into a corner while his little brother was hunched over in front of him with the washcloth in his hand as he was attempting to wash “the black spot” off  his brother. The look of terror on the one and the look of concentration on the other made me laugh so hard! Just thinking about it today makes me giggle. 🙂

A couple of years later, my youngest boy had a “black spot” situation of his own when the VERY heavy toilet seat in our rental home (I swear it was made of stone) suddenly came crashing down on top of the end of his wee willie (I think I hear all my male readers groaning in sympathy). He ended up with a blood blister on a very tender part of his anatomy. He also developed a fear of the man-eating toilet seat and wouldn’t stand any closer than a foot away! Let’s just say that I had a few messes to clean up before he mastered his long-distance aim! LOL

(BTW – did you know that the British have a dessert called “Spotted Dick”??? I’m serious – look it up! LOL)

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about a “black spot” in his book Treasure Island. Rather than being an uncomfortable physical manifestation on sensitive nether regions, Stevenson’s black spot was used by pirates and consisted of a circular piece of paper with a dark spot on one side and a warning message on the other. The unlucky pirate who received one of these black spots knew that his life was in danger.

These days, health officials warn us that too much exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer, such as melanoma which causes black spots on the skin. You only want black spots on your skin if you are a cheetah or a leopard!

Sometimes, a person may suddenly notice a black spot in their field of vision. This may be caused by something fairly harmless such as thickening of some of the collagen inside the eyeball. However, it could also indicate that part of the retinal membrane at the back of the eye has become detached – and that is serious.

Black spots not only occur in our physical lives but can also happen in our spiritual lives. Physical manifestations of black spots may be cause for concern. Spiritual black spots should cause serious concern. After all, Jesus said that he is coming back for a “spotless” church.

Eph 5:27 that He might present it to Himself as the glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

We were all born with the black spot of sin in our lives.

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,

No amount of scrubbing, bleaching, or cutting on our part will remove that black spot of sin. The only sure way to remove it is through faith in the shed blood of our saviour, Jesus Christ, who, because he had no sin, was described as a lamb without blemish or spot.

2Co 5:21 For He[God] has made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1Pe 1:18,19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot;

Blessings (from a very spotty gal )

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