“Forget that I sowed wild oats; mark me with your sign of love. Plan only the best for me, God!” Psalm 25:7
I recently watched an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life featuring a man who sowed “wild oats” with seventeen women and produced thirty-four children. At one point during the show, Iyanla threw up her arms and declared his life was impossible to fix. So, she worked on the women–getting their self-esteem raised to the point where they could give up any expectations of a relationship with their children’s father.
In Psalms 25, David showed regret for his “wild oats” episodes. By owning up to his errors, he put the opportunity for healing, and the chance to move on, in God’s hands. Fortunately, mistakes made while growing up, can be wiped clean to present a clear path to clean living.
The father of thirty-four children never fully showed regret for destroying the lives of so many women. But at the end of the hour-long drama, while facing the mothers of his children, he teared up and asked for a chance to be a real father and get to know all of his children. I suggest when they gather together, the children wear name tags with a link to their mother.
Dear God, show us a clear path to sow good seeds. Amen.