Six-year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to make 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 pyjamas 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 pyjamas white and sticky in the process!
A very beautiful story, full of love and guidance.
The love aspects are relatively obvious to see and feel; we must never let love die. The guidance! Well, think of the numerous occasions when we started out with good intentions but, disaster after disaster followed. For some of us, the disasters appear to repeat themselves every day! However, despite our disappointments, we mustn’t forget that God our Father is watching, knows our love-intentions and remains at the ready to pick us up.