Remember this? I've posted about it before. I found it at the Country Living Fair 2 years ago. It is one of my very favorite finds. VERY favorite. Maybe I like it too much...What would YOU do, how would YOU react if your child was tearing around the house, being very reckless, you had told her to 'STOP IT RIGHT NOW!', she didn't listen, and then you heard it... a loud crash...followed by silence?? What would you do? How would YOU react??
...and then you dared to look and found...
Shock. Deep Breath. "It broke??!! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WERE DOING? I TOLD YOU TO STOP! THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!! HOW COULD YOU!! IF YOU WOULD JUST LISTEN WHEN YOU ARE TOLD THESE THINGS WOULDN'T HAPPEN!! I AM SO UPSET! THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS! HOW COULD YOU?! I KNOW YOU DIDN'T MEAN TO BUT YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN! NO RUNNING IN THE HOUSE! LISTEN WHEN I TELL YOU TO STOP!!!!!!! and all at the top of my lungs I'm afraid.
And then I had to stop and think that God probably feels like saying these things to me...daily... if He were human anyway. Which He isn't and I'm so thankful. But, oh the times He looks at me sadly and says tenderly, 'My child, why don't you slow down and listen to ME? I know what's best for you, if you would just let me lead you. I love you and I want the best for you."
So I calmed down, apologized, and reminded Big Sister AND MYSELF that she is much more important than a big plastic 'F'. That F will 'melt with fervent heat' someday, but Big Sister has a soul that will last through all eternity. MUCH MORE IMPORTANT.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
A few tears, some patience, a tube of epoxy, and the expertise of my wonderful husband and my big plastic F now resides in it's usual spot. And unless you look closely you wouldn't even know anything happened to it. But I know. And it reminds me every day that I have 3 little souls that are MUCH more important than any earthly possession I could ever have. And I am their example. May they learn the right things from me in spite of my human failings. Only by the Grace of God!!!