Our two boys were mischievous and our youngest daughter was gullible.
On the ledge at the rear of our yard, I had planted several types of pepper plants. One plant was like a tree and the little, shiny red peppers were getting ripe.
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Those boys knew better, and yet they were having a playfully, roguish time. The pretty plant with red peppers did look inviting, so - - - Judie happily picked one and plopped it into her mouth. The joy did not last even a few seconds until a loud cry for mercy bellowed from our baby.
The boys deserved, and received, some major time-out behind the kitchen door. This was our form of punishment as the boys got older.
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They had to sit with their faces in the corner between the door and wall for five minutes, while thinking about their sin. I even had a timer to make sure they served the entire time-out. Then there was a mandatory apology to Judie, but by that time, she had already forgotten about the event and was contentedly playing with her toys.
How often are we tempted by something that looks good on the surface, but after one big bite, we discover that we have entered into great pain?
“Can hell really be this hot?” we think to ourselves as we wallow in our misery and wretchedness.
We might find ourselves in a “time-out” that seems to stretch into an eon, but it is actually only a short moment as far as God is concerned. God’s time is not like ours. His timing and His plans are best in the long run!
Why are we, at some phase in life, so dense and unwise? I wonder - - -
When we finally come to our senses, and rush to the place of repentance, we discover that God is already loving on us with His mercy and grace, and has forgotten about our sin.
Next time you are offered something that looks sweet and appealing;
Make a resolution now to - - - THINK BEFORE YOU BITE!
Also linked to A Pause on the Path at: http://www.shandaoakleyinspires.com/2011/10/desire-granted.html?showComment=1319562917909#c5190815864001778950
Shanda just returned from a mission trip to Thailand - you will enjoy her report.
and one more: Joan at Grace Cafe: http://www.reflectionsofhisgrace.com/2011/10/big-fish-little-fish-guest-post-by-sharon-kirby/