Have you ever had that moment when you think, "If only I could turn the clock back"? The number of times I have thought that is probably more than I care to admit. I remember one time when, as trivial as it sounds, I wished I could turn the clock back only a few seconds. It was towards the end of the college quarter and I was giving the last bit of energy I had to get through my tests. My mother had asked me if there was anything she could do and I eagerly declared, "COOKIES!" Shortly after, my mother arrived at my dorm with a plate full of freshly baked cookies, elegantly arranged on a glass platter. I stood in the parking lot and talked to her, all the while precariously balancing the platter on the ledge of her car window. As the conversation continued, my worst fear came true. I changed my grip ever so slightly and the platter fell to the pavement, shattering the platter and ruining all the cookies. Oh, if I could turn the clock back only a few seconds.
At times, we are like that in our spiritual walks. There are moments when God blesses us with love gifts at the times when we most need them. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (ESV). Yet, sometimes, we lose our ability to recognize them, we overlook them or we choose to not truly appreciate them. The time may pass and the purpose for those gifts may not hold the same meaning and, like my reaction to my broken plate of cookies, we come to God with regret and sadness because of our missed opportunity of seeing His blessings. Yet, God is full of love and replies with a gentle voice saying, "You are forgiven. Keep your eyes open for the next one."
Let us remember the graciousness of our Father and His ever willing acceptance of His, at times, clumsy children.
In Christ always,