If I had a dollar for every spill I’ve cleaned up I would be rich. If I could regain the wasted gallons of apple juice that have been poured out onto my table, counters and floor I would need another fridge. It’s a daily happening. The Post children are famous for their epic clumsiness.
Recently the littlest of the littles made a big spill. She looked at me and held her breath waiting for my response. I took a breath, told her to grab a towel and I would help her clean it up. The relief was all over her toothy grin when she realized she wasn’t in trouble. “I wuv you mommy. I’m weally, weally, sorry mommy. Next time my will be careful.” Throw in a sincere and unsolicited hug from the little tike and we’re all happy now.
This reminds me of one of my ALL time favorite verses. Romans 2:4 – “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
Maybe the apple juice was wasted, but the moment wasn’t. God showed me what this verse looks like in real life toward my child. My kindness won her devotion. And He demonstrates this verse toward me, his child, on a regular basis. I’m so struck with God’s kindness toward me, causing me to turn toward Him. But sadly struck by our lack of kindness toward others, despite His outpouring on us.
Perhaps if we want to turn people to God, then kindness would be the way to go. Thank you God for your kindness toward me. Help me to recognize it always and be forever grateful. May you have my devotion. Amen!