This morning I pulled out the stopper in the bathroom sink drain. Oh yuk. It was awful. I wiped it off—lots of black gunk. But there was more because the stopper is plastic (bad design) with many edges and crevasses especially near the top. It’s not that I never clean that sink—and it looked fine until I pulled out the stopper. I wiped it many times with a paper towel, each bringing up a new layer. Then I soaked it and watched black chunks float loose, then I sprayed it with a Clorox bathroom cleaner—more stuff.
It’s like sin, isn’t it? You don’t see it at first—all covered up and looking nice because it’s below the slick marble of your good intentions. Then you start poking around and the horror sets in. Sin is covered over and really black. It might take a lot to get rid of it. Like the cross and Jesus’ sacrifice. But even then, we’re supposed to take care of what he did for us, daily and not let the build up put us and others at risk. Confess it and make amends before the gunk takes over.