Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12
Just as Jesus’ mother Mary had moments in which she “cherished these things in her heart” with her child, so will I cherish the following moments with my children of failures followed by grace-followed by joy.
Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s first day of Kindergarten. After multiple weeks of asking every day (usually multiple times a day), “How many more days till school starts Mom?”, the morning was finally here. She was up much earlier than the normal “slow to rise” schedule we adopted over the summer. After putting one of her favorite dresses on, she gave a shy smile and quick ballet turn when her Daddy commented, “You look beautiful, honey”. Her confidence was evident. My confidence was lacking. Mainly due to the continual checking and re checking my “Mother’s first day of school to do’s” was on the up and up. I resigned myself to the fact it was not. But that by God’s grace hopefully “the ball that would drop” would not cause too much counseling for my girls in the future.
The morning came and went with the #1 Ball dropped when I didn’t have the ability to take a picture with my camera phone (due to it being maxed full of images). (“Nice planning Mom”, I said to myself.) But my Superman husband came to the rescue thankfully with his camera phone. #2 Ball dropped later in the week as my daughter commented that everyone brought something to share except her and one other boy. (“Well, that is fabulous organization and recall, Mom!” Was my inner commentary.) And lastly, the #3 Ball dropped due to my oldest daughter having to be quaranteened to the “peanut table” at lunch because I had failed to recognize the granola was a filled with “peanut power”. (“Oh the shame, oh the exclusion only I have caused my daughter!” Was the thought on repeat in my mind.)
But oh, some sweet relief when I had the opportunity for a “Joyfilled -present-mother-moment” (you know the few and far between one’s where by God’s grace you are not multitasking and you allow yourself guilt free to just be. with. your. child. and. enjoy). My youngest daughter had a, “First day of school tea”, in which, I had tea and she had pink lemonade. I put in cream and a sugar cube. So did she. (Not likely additions to lemonade, in my opinion, but she drank it down with no hesitation.) Then amazingly asked for seconds.
Next, she put a cookie on her plate. Then put one on mine. She ate her cookie. Then proceeded to eat mine. It wasn’t what we did during the tea that was anything extraordinary. But It was the grace and joy I was bathed in during that very moment. A perfect moment in which none of my past “mother mess ups” were on my brain, my God’s brain, or my daughter’s brain. I thank God for these type of moments. To soak in the simplicity of everyday eye to eye conversation. Enjoy cup of hot tea. And be free from guilt and shame.
I am thankful my daughter’s don’t seem to remember my mother mess up’s like I feel they should. (We may have a different story when the teen years hit us, but I am living it up now!) They don’t recall to my mind all my “dropped balls” of their first week of school. And they don’t bring up my last year’s or last week’s sin of relentless, unkind fire ball words spewing towards their unsuspecting selves as my patience is nowhere to be found. Now that’s a true gift, my friends.
And it’s a gift our heavenly Father doesn’t remember our past sin either. And He graciously gives us joy moments in spite of our failures. So I guess it’s only fitting that I should also return the favor bestowed on me by my girl’s and God. How about the time one of my friends gossiped about me behind my back? Or “that thing” my husband can’t seem to get right even after 14 years of marriage? Or when I got left out of the girls night for no apparent reason? Well, it’s my turn to do some “covering up” with a “big blanket” any of the past sins of others. Because I know this “big blanket” “uncovered” in my heart and mind only leads to bitterness, an inability for God to work in my life, and a lack of true freedom/peace.
Today I am making the choice to not. be. offended. Let. It. Go. Forgive. Let. God. Handle. Their. Sin. And “cover up” in love.
© 2012 Standing on Peace