Yesterday, we took the kids out to local park to take some pictures. I planned their outfits, made sure their faces were clean, and properly instructed them to not wipe anything (crumbs from their snack) on their shirts. I am not a “photographer” at all, however, have a decent camera and every once in a while, I get lucky and capture a fantastic moment!
As we were walking along the trail and stopping to snap off some pictures, I tried to instruct them to look at me more often, not walk into the tall weeds, or stay on the trail, etc….but I do not think they were paying too much attention. Their agenda was to have a good time while mine was to get some good photos of them.
We came across a partially dried up creek bed where we stopped to let the kids throw rocks in the water. I said to them “Do not get in the water. If you step in the water you will fall.” I took a quick picture of them and was preparing to take some more when my daughter took one step onto the slimy rock and down she goes.
Being the drama queen that she is, she screamed at the top of her lungs while partially soaked in water with the slime of algae on her. The people walking on the trail were staring at us. My son just continued to throw rocks into the water as if nothing happened. My husband was laughing, although he was trying to hide it from me. I quickly pulled my camera up, took a deep breath, and said “I told you that if you stepped in the water, you will fall down. We have to leave now.” To be honest, I was fuming inside and did not see any of the humor my husband found in it!
This morning while thinking about our day yesterday, the Lord impressed this upon me. “Caroline, how many times have I told you to step back from the edge? How many times have you fallen, and stood up soaking with the slime of sin?”
Wow – our Lord never fails to turn life into a lesson.
He is the best example I have of being a parent who finds joy with my children even when things don’t go “my” way. He is the forgiving parent who does not pack up and walk away. He is the gracious parent who still wants to capture my moments of beauty despite the fact that I just wallowed in the mud.
Thank you, Lord, for reminding me that grace is truly one of the most important gifts a parent gives a child.