The world’s longest undeveloped barrier island now looks as if people have been living — and dumping — on it for decades.

Tons of debris swept up by Hurricane Ike last month were carried by Gulf of Mexico currents hundreds of miles from the upper Texas coast to this ordinarily pristine landscape just north of the Mexican border.

Sections of roofs, refrigerators, loveseats, beds, TVs, hot tubs and holiday decorations litter the more than 60 miles of gently arcing sand in the national park.

“It could have a huge impact,” said Larry Turk, maintenance chief for Padre Island…

For two weeks after Ike hit, every high tide seemed to dump a load of debris on beaches, and two weeks into the cleanup, the amount of debris on gulf beaches remains untallied…

It’s on all our beaches — everything, people’s lives,” said Tony Amos, a research fellow at the University of Texas’s Marine Science Institute.

From me:

I will probably use this illustration for a message. I find it humorous that garbage is turning up on the beaches of Texas weeks after it was swept out to sea from Hurricane Ike. I also find it quite sobering when you relate this kind of occurence to the occurence of sin in our lives.

I guess this illustration comes easily to me because I know first hand the “clean-up” that comes with sin exposing itself after years of being in hiding.

It’s easy to forget about the things that are “hidden” in our heart and lives. At first it’s not so easy, because you think that everybody knows your struggle and you are constantly schemeing ways to hide it instead of dealing with it. And the reason we don’t deal with it is because 1) we really don’t want to give it up because of our “heart condition” and/or 2) we’re afraid that we just might not be in control of our own lives.

Luke 12:3 says “Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”  Nothing we do stays hidden forever. In fact everything we do is Coram Deo ( before the face of God). I believe the real reason we try to hide our sins is because we don’t want people to see how messed up we actually are. In fact in our culture it is becoming more common to air all of your dirty laundry, for everyone to see, because there is the post-modernist thought process that tells us it’s OK to do what you like, as long as you are true to yourself.

The reality is, we have been called to a life in Jesus Christ, and sin cannot dwell where Christ lives. Are you struggling with hidden sin? Surely it will only be hidden for a time, before it “washes ashore”. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:7 ” That we have this treasure in jars of clay…” Jars of clay were used for two purposes: household garbage and human waste. When the clay container was filled with its contents, it was not reused, it was taken to the garbage heap where it would be broken and emptied.

Do you want Christ dwelling in you? Are you tired of hiding? He wants you completly, but we must first be broken and emptied.  Broken over our sin and given room for Him to enter in.

Being broken daily since 2004…

In Christ,



About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

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