This morning, sunlight shone through the gap between the curtain and the window, and the fine fringe cast a shadow on the window sill. Only, my curtains don’t have fringe. On closer inspection, the layer of cat hair hanging from the hem came into focus. My cats, Sarge and Gomer, go in and out of the window under this curtain, and they shed their hair as they do.
…the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light… (Paul’s instruction, as recorded in Romans 13:12).
This verse tells us to cast off, remove, put aside, get rid of, stop doing, renounce, or throw off (depending on your Bible version) things that belong to darkness. At night, you can’t see the ‘fringe’ on the curtains. But when exposed to the light, it becomes obvious that it is not a part of the curtain and needs to be removed. As our attitudes, behaviors, and words are exposed to the Light of Truth, we need to shed those that do not belong as quickly as they are exposed.