This morning was a typical morning. Big E’s alarm went off and he crawled into bed with us for a little morning time snuggle. (Seriously…if he doesn’t get this it’s bad news for the rest of the day). After about five minutes we got up and ready for the day. 7:30 hit and we settled down for breakfast and morning devotions. Throughout devotions I reminded Big E over and over again to be careful not to spill his milk. Devotions finished. I told Big E to finish his milk and instead of drinking it normally he decided that holding on to it with four fingers (two on each hand) was much better than 10 fingers….thus spilling his milk everywhere.
I got upset. Yup….it happens every. single. time. He’s not paying attention and spills his drink all the time. Seriously…the kid is five and I’m sure he will be drinking out of sippy cups until he’s twelve. Anyway…I got upset. Milk was wasted…paper towel was wasted. He had to change his clothes…which results in me having to do more laundry than normal. Why was I upset? Maybe because I had told him at least a dozen times to be careful with his milk. At least….a dozen times.
Then I sent him off to school….after I got mad at him. After he apologized at least half a dozen times and after I DIDN’T say…”it’s ok…I know it was an accident.” Yeah..big time mom fail right here. (Pointing finger at myself)
Half an hour later I was in the car by myself and listening to my own music which is a very rare occassion in itself. Three minutes into my drive the song “Grace like Rain” by Todd Agnew came on my ipod. If you haven’t heard it…have a listen.
And right there, into the chorus, God had a teachable moment with me.
“And Hallelujah Grace like rain falls down on me”
Grace like rain.
Let’s just take that literary shall we. Rain falls. Sometimes it falls softly…sometimes it pours and beats down on us….but it always comes down and refreshes things that need to be refreshed. We need rain.
We need grace. Big time. Can you imagine a world without Grace? Isn’t it simply amazing to think that God is up there watching us and “showering” us with grace when we need it the most…sometimes when we don’t even deserve it? Sometimes He showers it lightly…other times He pours it down on us. Have you ever met somebody who wasn’t grateful for the grace they received? Me either….grace is wonderful. Grace makes the world go around. Grace makes you feel refreshed, so much better and so grateful. God gives it….God provides it and God keeps pouring it out on us.
So my lesson??? Yeah..you guessed it. Grace. I should have given Big E grace this morning. He’s five. Yes..he should have been more careful but haven’t we all done things that we weren’t careful of. Hasn’t there been somebody in your life that has told you not to do something and you went ahead and did it anyway…the end resulting in “spilled milk”?
This morning I prayed and thanked God for the teachable moment of Grace. I could have easily gotten in an accident and been killed and the last thing that BIg E would have remembered was me being upset with him. God gave me grace this morning and I intend to pass that along.
I apologized to Big E and told him that I love him even when he doesn’t listen to me and bad things happen. I told him I will be try not to get upset next time and that I hope he forgives me. He knows what he did was wrong. I don’t need to tell him again.
Instead…I just need to give him grace.