Standing at the Window, Wondering
My friend Steve told a wonderful story that has a great moral to it…
There was a little boy and his sister visiting their grandparents on their farm. Johnny was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but, he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.” Then she whispered to him, “Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally just smiled and said, “Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help,” She whispered again to him, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, “Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”
And so it is with us. Whatever is in our past, whatever we have done… And our minds and emotions keeps throwing them up in our face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) …whatever it is…We need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen our whole life. He wants us to know that He loves us and that we are forgiven. He’s just wondering how long we will let our memories of the past make a slave of us.
Let today be the day we let go and surrender our past..release and be at peace. Something good is happening!!
Indeed, a new day has come ! (DJS)
(Texas Medical Center Hospice …Houston, Tx)