I wish the picture featured on this post was a stock photograph. It’s not. Our dynamic duo was tossing a lacrosse ball outside of the designated boundaries in our front yard. A catch was missed, but a teachable moment was made.
In Caroline’s words, “Mommy, I just didn’t think something like this would happen.” Yet, it’s exactly what we warned them about.
As we all evaluated the broken glass, I couldn’t avoid the “told you so” lesson and highlighting how the damage would have been prevented had they just obeyed Mom and Dad. They know not to throw anything toward the house. But knowing and doing are two different things and Caroline and Daniel were now forced to face the consequences.
Having heard the fifth commandment so many times, I am certain our twins can recite it: “Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). However, there is a big difference between hearing and heeding the Word of God. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
God’s Word is true and His principles are for our protection. He tells us to respect our parents and He lists no age limit. He says not to be unequally yoked in our dating relationships and He means it. He defines patience as the first attribute of love and He expects us to wait until our wedding night. When the temptation seems so strong, we need to trust the One whose promise is stronger. Jesus always makes a way.
Often we don’t get to immediately see or hear the impact of our choices as did Caroline and Daniel this week. Between you and me, I’m rather glad they did. Hopefully, they will remember this broken window before their first date.