You’re probably totally confused at the title of my post. HA. Good! I’m glad it caught your attention. I had quite an interesting afternoon while observing at an elementary school the other day and wanted to share the events of the day with you…
I had barely slept in two days. You know when you’re SUPER tired, but can’t seem to get your mind to shut up when you go to bed? That was what happened. I woke up that Tuesday completely exhausted, not ready to go on with the longest day of the school/work week for me. After trudging through my long classes, when it finally came time to do my observations at a local elementary school, I was not looking forward to it at ALL. But as soon as I walked in the front door, I saw the familiar, adorable faces of my favorite three and four year olds and forgot about my sleep exhaustion.
During “carpet time,” one of the sweetest of my students (Dan) asked to come over and sit in my lap as the head teacher read us a story. As we were sitting there, all of a sudden, I felt a little *pop* as Dan accidentally let out some gas. I chuckled to myself and continued listening to the story. And then I realized it was a stinky one. Sure, for a few seconds I had to hold my breath, but it really didn’t bother me very much because Dan is one of my favorite students! And he’s so innocent and little – he doesn’t know that he just let out a stink bomb on the rest of us!
Sometimes I feel like that’s how God thinks of us, His children. Let’s be real – we’ve got some pretty disgusting habits that we can’t help but fall into sometimes. As smelly or ugly or gross as those habits can be, God still sees us as His little children. He isn’t grossed out by what we’ve done; He still loves us anyway. All that He asks is that we recognize that what we’ve done is wrong and ask for forgiveness. Pretty amazing huh?
We will never gross God out by what we’ve done in the past. He gives us chance after chance to turn back to Him and change our old ways for good. Just like Dan, in God’s eyes, I am His child that He will love and protect no matter what. And what could be better than that?
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” | Acts 3:9