“May you have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high and how deep God’s love is” (Ephesians 3:18).
A dear friend and lovely niece shared this wonderful story of a six year old boy named Brandon. One Saturday morning Brandon decided to fix 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 did not 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 his monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.
At that very moment Bandon saw his Dad standing at the door as big crocodile tears welled up in his eyes. All he had wanted to do was something good, but he had 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 pajamas white and sticky in the process!
Friends, that’s exactly how our Father God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess, been there done that. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or we can’t stand our job, or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we cannot think of anything else to do. That’s when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him. But just because we might mess up, and we will, we cannot stop trying to ‘make pancakes’ for God or for others. Sooner or later we will get it right, and then they will be glad we tried.
I was thinking and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, yes, friendships that need rekindling, yes or three words needing to be said, yes. Sometimes, “I love you” can heal & bless at the same time! Remind every one of your friends that you love them. Even if you think they don’t love back, you would be amazed at what those three little words, a smile, and a reminder like this can do. Just in case I have not told you lately… I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Imagine this for a moment, one morning you are called before God and He asks; “Do all your friends and family know you love them?” How would you answer? “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ