Thursday, August 21, 2008

The lessons we learn

Isiah 53:5-6 & 12
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

This dress was one of Bethany's most treasured playthings. About a week ago, while Bethany wasn't home, we had company at our house. A little girl wore it while she was here. She was having so much fun that she accidentally ripped a hole in the skirt. Thinking she would simply fix the problem, she just pulled and pulled, ripping away most of the pink layer.
The little girl never realized what she had done. I wasn't upset with the girl. It was a toy and things happen. But I felt sick, because I knew how much the dress meant to Bethany. She would be devastated!!
I hid the dress for over a week, contemplating what I was going to tell her. She had played in the dress most days. There is no way Bethany would forget about it. She'd ask me about it and I just said, "I haven't seen it." I finally came to the conclusion that I would tell her that I washed it and it fell apart. Trust me, it was much better for her to be upset with me. If told her the truth she would only be mad at the girl and become even more protective of her things. What good is that?
As the time has drawn near for me to HAVE to tell her I became nervous. Every day I thought, "She's in a great mood, why ruin it?" I was so afraid she would be mad at ME!! I was trying to help her and she won't even know it.
I was reminded of what Christ has done for me. He has taken my blame, all my junk! He paid the price for me. I had to ask myself if I have been grateful? When was the last time I told Him thank you for paying the price for my sin?

I finally told her this morning. It went really well. Much better than I expected. She was upset but was over it quickly. I am SO glad!!
We have both learned a lesson!


shining image said...

Good lesson for us all Miranda!
Do you think the dress could be fixed? Maybe get more of the pink netting and sew it on? Bring it to me if you think there is hope.
As a Mom you do hurt when your children hurt. :(
That is a sign of a good Mom. :)
Love you! Mom

Jillian Timberlake said...

Found your blog spot recently and have very much enjoyed reading about your experience with God's lessons to us in daily life! Looks like you are having a blast raising those beautiful kids of yours! Hope you all are doing well~