All weekend long I marveled at my perfectly clean carpets. I really do like it when things are clean (though my house may declare the opposite...at times), so I reveled in my spotless carpets for a whole day. It was so GOOD. You would have thought I had been given a diamond ring, I was so ecstatic.
And then. Then I was brutally reminded of my sweet treasures which could also be called whirlwinds of destruction. The perfect carpet lasted one day and one day only.
They peed on it - they thought it would be funny to call the bedroom a bathroom and pee on the carpet. It wasn't an accident; it was deliberate. I am very understanding about accidents, but this? Can someone explain this to me? How is that funny!?! All I can think is...NOT good...NOT good at all. As a matter of fact, I'm so mad right now I can't see straight. I know. Very godly of me. My wonderful carpet is not so wonderful anymore.
God and I had a little talk this morning about it and He reminded me of something that He had made and He had made it so very good. And then. Then His creations made bad choices and marred His perfect, clean, lovely world. He made it good and we messed it up.
This world will never be the same again. No matter how much we clean it up and work to redeem the falleness we see around us, God's perfect creation will remain marred.
Now there is only One who can be called "good." And thank goodness, He is full of forgiveness for little (or big) whirlwinds of destruction. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that He could redeem this broken world and these broken people out of His limitless love for us. All of creation is waiting for the day of complete redemption, when things will be restored to their original state of perfection.
I'm waiting too for that day. I could use a little goodness in my life right now. He says,
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him." Psalm 34:8,9
I need to taste God's goodness today - and it tastes like the soothing honey of the Word. I need to see God's goodness today - and it looks like the beauty of restoration, hope, new life and grace.
The kids have been appropriately disciplined and my attitude is turning around to forgiveness because if God is so good to me, I must share His goodness with them too.