Six-year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix
his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled
a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out
the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He
scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands,
mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar,
leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few
tracks left by his kitten.
Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He
wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but
it was getting very bad. He didn't know what to do next,
whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove, (and
he didn't know how the stove worked!).
Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and
reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the
floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess
but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.
And just then he saw Dad standing at the door.
Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon's eyes. All he'd
wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess.
He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But
his father just watched him. Then, walking through the mess,
he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting
his own pajamas white and sticky in the process.
That's how God deals with us. We try to do something good in
life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky
or we insult a friend or we can't stand our job or our health
Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think
of anything else to do.
That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even
though some of our mess gets all over Him. But just because
we might mess up, we can't stop trying to "make pancakes," for
God or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it right, and then
they'll be glad we tried...
[ Author Unknown -- Aiken Drum (Aiken@AikensLaughs.com) ]
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