Sunday, March 12, 2006

Making Pancakes


Six -year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten. Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad. He didn't know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove and he didn't know how the stove worked!. Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky. And just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon's eyes. All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process! That's how God deals with us.. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or we can't stand our job, or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think of anything else to do. That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him. But just because we might mess up, we can't stop trying to "make pancakes" for God or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it right, and then they'll be glad we tried...

6 comments:

Petey said...

What a beautiful analogy! Brings back happy memories with my children when I could just pick them up and give a hug. It is wise to look into a person's heart...look for the good they are often trying to do. Praise the Lord...He loves us unconditionallly.

Nicole said...

May God Bless you now and forever for the love and friendship you give us. That was beautiful Peggy. Hugs xoxox

ms*robyn said...

Peggy - you really are a sweetheart - what would we do without you? xoxo

Maggie Ann said...

Amen! by his grace we are loved on through thick and thin. Reminds me of John 3:16. Thanks for the info you shared about draging my pictures. You know, I did try that and I could drag and make them fat or skinny but they wouldn't move location. Maybe its some setting on my computer I'm wondoring. As I leave you a comment my computer won't allow me to use the italics tag offered here at the top of the comment box. Who knows why? Thanks for the ideas about what to put in the swaps for spring cleaning too. I don't know if I'll participate this time around...missing Mum and all and so much going on here with the remodeling of the garage. hugs to you! *s*

Hikingalong said...

Peggy, what a sweet post. I loved it. What a great reminder to us to trust God and don't get discouraged when things don't always go the way we plan.

Donna said...

You made me tear up with that sweet parable!