I just started reading this book, “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.” It’s another… OH MY… kind of book; makes me want to chase after lions!
It’s based on a scripture that most people pass over when reading the Old Testament. Check it out: 2 Samuel 23:21 and following. This guy, Benaiah is chasing after a lion and they both fall into a pit, and it’s a snowy day. Talk about having a bad day. Really, what was he thinking? Who in their right mind would chase after a lion – period? I am not about to chase after a lion. No Way!
We all have things we’re afraid of. I don’t like spiders or snakes… I can handle a lion in a cage at a distance. In reading just the first few pages of this book, I’m reminded of experiences in my past that could represent lions:
- a broken heart
- a 7-year old son diagnosed with cancer
- a son in and out of jail for drugs and wrong choices
- a son serving in Iraq
- hurricane 1 destroying our home
- hurricane 2 destroying our home
- diabetes attacking my husband’s vision and kidneys
These are just a few of the lions we’ve conquered in life.
- my heart is no longer broken
- my son is cancer free and almost 30 yrs. old
- my son is finally free of any charges (working on his testimony)
- my son is safely back from Iraq
- home repaired and debt free after the 2 hurricanes
- kidney and pancreas transplant (husband no longer diabetic)
So looking in the rearview mirror gives me a picture of the challenges I’ve overcome!
I have the most precious granddaughter in the whole wide world. She brings joy to anyone she meets! She is moving on to second grade in the fall. At the beginning of first grade, her teacher asked the class to write a story about one of their favorite things to do. To our surprise, Audrey wrote about working in Poppa and Granny’s garden. The story was so precious, even with a new first-grader’s spelling challenges. When she brought the story to us, we were so proud of her! At the top of the page there was a picture of all three of us working in the garden. Even though we noticed the mistakes, it was perfect in our eyes. Poppa and Granny were just thrilled to make it on her ‘favorite’ list!
Nine months forward…
I pulled the story out of my keepsake cabinet and began to read it again. It still brings a smile to my face. I asked Audrey to read it to me and she was quite happy to do so. After she read it she said, “Granny, I need an eraser please. I need to fix these mistakes.” It seemed like she was a little embarrassed that she had made the errors. It’s amazing that in just nine months time, she noticed the little mistakes. Of course I told her, “Oh no, honey! I love your story just the way it is.” I wouldn’t dream of trying to fix this sweet story, including every misspelled word. It’s really easy to love anything she makes for us.
As adults, we do that sometimes. It would be great to have a big eraser to remove our mistakes; fix all of our wrongs! But that’s impossible. We may be able to cover things for a while, but eventually we have to come to the Lord in repentance and ask for his forgiveness. The blood of Jesus is like that eraser Audrey wanted, to be able to fix her mistakes. Because of the cross, His shed blood washes away all of my sins. There is no need to try and erase your sins… His blood is enough!
You are forgiven! I am forgiven!