I was working in the attic on a scrapbook project. At first, the smell of mothballs was overwhelming and irritating but after a few hours, I got so used to the smell that I did not realize the effect it had on me.
The next morning my face was swollen, and I felt kind nauseous and just not feeling well. I was admitted in hospital with naphthalene poisoning.
I am still recovering after this experience, but it got me thinking – this is exactly how it sometimes works in life.
The first time you are confronted with a compromising situation like a lie, it is an irritating smell. You just want to get out it, you know that you don’t belong there but the longer you stay in that situation, the longer you accommodate that smell, the initial irritation disappear, and you can cope with the smell, and eventually you don’t even realize the effect it is having on your system. By the time you realize it, it can have a devastating effect on your life.
Sin works in the same way; the initial irritation turns into compromise and then in total acceptance, the result can have a long-term effect on you. Although you are not accommodating that sin any longer you sometimes have to deal with the result. As with this poisoning, the quicker you get out of the “smell” the less effect it has of you and the easier your recovery.