Seeing Beyond the Moment

IMG_0030I 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.

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2 thoughts on “Seeing Beyond the Moment

  1. WOW, I thought I recognized that glass!! This is a good reminder to us ALL that God’s words are meant for our protection….this broken glass speaks volumes!! Caroline, we all think ” we never thought something like THIS could happen” but isn’t that exactly what Satan told Eve?? No Eve, our Loving Heavenly Father wasn’t keeping something wonderful from you, He was PROTECTING you from what He knew were the consequences of it. We are each faced with this very decision every day. As ugly as that broken glass pane is it is far easily to repair than the consequences of repairing a broken life. I think I’ll go back and take a look at that photo Tara and cling to God’s words of protection and the blessings found within the boundaries of His Love.

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