Despite a glorious start to the day, where my 3 middle kids got up and made pancakes for all of us for breakfast (after having set the table with flowers last night), by the time it got to be bedtime I was too tuckered out for words.
But the youngest was still up at 9:40pm (darn that nap that I let him have, even though he cranked his way through the morning) so by the time I left his room, everyone else was in bed.
Which was good because the kitchen was a disgusting mess!! And I had asked the child who is on kitchen duty this week to please make sure you do a thorough job. Pleeeaaaasssse. And then I came out to find pizza boxes on the floor, dirty dishes left out, the sink a stinky disgusting mess and the floor not swept.
Now I was worn out and frustrated. And just about ready to go on a rampage
You know where my mind went: “Why didn’t that child do their evening job? Why do I have to ask again and again for it to be done properly? Was this deliberate? They knew what to do. They even told me they had done it.” Grrr.
How quickly this morning’s beautiful picture of a table set with flowers and 3 kids cooking pancakes while I stayed in bed with the youngest 2, had faded away. How easily I forgot how the same child who didn’t do well on evening jobs today, had earlier in the week helped 2 different families who needed it.
How quickly the good gets overlooked.
Darn. I hate that. I don’t want to be the parent who remembers the bad instead of the good. (And why that is hard made me ponder spiritual warfare – but that’s another post for later in the week and not a late night musing.)
In the Bible? People Deliberately Chose to do Wrong?
Then the words from Hosea hit me. “…in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.” Now, the story of Hosea is a little different. In a nutshell (’cause it’s getting later by the minute) Hosea married Gomer even though he knew she worshipped false gods and was eventually going to leave him. She deliberately chose to do wrong. But Hosea was still good to his wife and loved her despite her sinfulness.
And when Hosea wrote, “Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea which cane neither numbered nor measured; and in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God,” he was writing about God’s unconditional love for His people. The people of Israel had turned away from Him, they had deliberately chosen to do wrong, but He kept the promises made way back when that Abraham’s descendents would number as many as the grains of sand.
And Israel had turned from God, but God did not stop loving them. Hosea’s wife, Gomer, turned from him, and Hosea knew it would happen ahead of time, but he still loved her.
And yes, my kids sometimes don’t do their jobs well. But they are still my children, still Children of the living God, still a blessing.
My promises to them and my love for them don’t end just because I had to clean the kitchen.
I’m sure God could point out a few times that I’ve left things a mess too.
Thankfully, He doesn’t.
Praise God for that.