One Small Act of Disobedience
Several weeks ago, Ethan discovered a *marvelous* invention while in the shower. He could cover the drain of the shower thus creating a two inch pool. Fortunately, his invention was quickly discovered and he was told not do that again explaining that this would create a flood in our bathroom.
Do you see where this is going?
Ethan took a rather long shower last night. I thought to myself, wow he is really enjoying his “quick” shower. It was Averie’s turn to jump in and she remarked how messy it was in the bathroom. Not giving it much thought, I told her to grab a towel and clean it up (thinking Ethan left watery foot prints). She did this but then added its crazy, in here. Hmmm, this required me to get up, which I wasn’t too happy about because it was my first time in the day to sit down and read my new book.
I was shocked at the level of water left in the wake of his “quick” shower. Water was all over the entire floor, at some places about a 1/4 an inch deep. The water went all into our bedroom. I could not believe how much water and how far the water traveled.
One act of disobedience.
One act of not listening to previous guidance and instruction.
One act causing disruption, disruption, and damage.
Y’all should have seen his face, he felt so bad. His heart pounding, deer-in-the-head light, his face flushed.
My heart ached for his heart aching. I knew he felt bad, really bad. I knew he didn’t mean to. He simply forgot. I get it, I forget too.
I told him I wasn’t mad or angry.
But, I told him, I wanted him to think about this moment. To think about the power of one small act of disobedience.
I didn’t want him to feel shame, so I didn’t shame him.
I didn’t want him to be afraid to make mistakes, because we all make mistakes.
I didn’t want him to doubt our love, I reminded him there is nothing he could ever do to make us love him any less.
I wanted him to know that God loves him. And most importantly, there is nothing Ethan could ever do that would make God love him any less.
I wanted Ethan to know that in times like these to feel the feelings. Teaching him how to talk to Jesus, the only One who could ever bring him the peace and relief he was wanting.
I wanted him to gain wisdom from this experience, for the Holy Spirit to bring this to mind when he is a teenager and tempted to make that one choice to maybe get in a car after someone has been drinking or some other “small” thing.
It’s been said that that when you look back at your life, you will see all of those small decisions. They really aren’t so small after all. The choices, especially the small ones, become the fabric of our lives. The tapestry of the day in and day out choices we make.
God has grace for us, but consequences will follow acts of disobedience. The love still there, the peace, still available.
What about you, are you riddled with guilt and shame? If so, know there is nothing you could ever do to make God love you any less.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
Blessings to you,