It was what I would call a “perfect” weather day. The mid afternoon sun was blossoming like a newly planted flower. A cool breeze rustled our hair as my girls and I made our way into the restaurant. It was a special treat kind of day. A time of reward for my kids, for so patiently waiting at the car dealership for a second time that day. Our hearts were full of love and peace as we walked hand in hand to one of our favorite places.
The climate quickly changed as we took our seats and settled in for a nice meal. We couldn’t help but notice what was going on at the table next to us. My kids stared as only kids can, as the mom at the next booth hollered at her three year old son for kicking her under the table. I watched it happen as if in slow motion. This mom’s moment of “enough.” Suddenly something snapped, and she popped up from her seat, violently grabbed her son from his chair and mashed his face against the wall of the restaurant.
She told him to count.
My girls and I silently counted with him as he fumbled over his teen numbers, us willing him to get to twenty. My heart ached as I watched him attempt to climb up into his mama’s lap after his “time-out”, only to see her push him away, telling him to “get off of me.”
My sadness turned to gratitude as I thought of our relationship with the Lord. How grateful I am that the Lord never reaches his “enough” with us. We disobey Him, we disgrace His name, we outright ignore Him. We mess up over and over again, and yet He never reaches a point of “enough.”
Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Even when we run from Him, He never pushes us away upon our return. In fact, He does the exact opposite.
“Suppose one you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home……I tell you in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15: 3-7
So, today be confident as you climb into the lap of Jesus and do what you have to do…ask forgiveness, repent, renew your relationship with Him…..He will open His arms to you and embrace you as one of His own!