The prayer jar in our church is filling up! Each time that God answers a prayer, members of our church take a small glass stone out of the small bowl and put it in the tall jar. It's a lovely visual reminder of God at work.
Sometimes someone (myself included) will accidentally reverse the process and take a stone from the large jar and put it in the small bowl. Ooops!
Sometimes in life, we do the same thing. We give our situation to God and think we leave it in His able hands, but we tie an invisible tether to it. God answers a prayer, provides a victory, frees us from a worry. Then we tug on that tether and bring that sin back into our lives or that worry back into our hearts.
This reminds me of a quote from Corrie ten Boom and a poem I read on a bookmark:
"When God buries your sins in the deepest sea, He posts a sign that says 'No fishing allowed.'"