Tiny little toes slipped on the edge of the pool jetting a mom’s arm quickly into action. Scooping her frightened four year old out of the water, she held her tight avoiding a meltdown. It only took seconds for this scene to unfold. Toddler warned. Toddler keeps getting close to the edge. Toddler laughs and toes slip. Thankfully Mom was sitting within reach of her precious little one ready to jump into action – a potential tragedy averted.
Do we ever need rescuing? Do we ever wander over to the edge of disobedience? We’ve been warned about the dangers of dismissing God’s instructions. We’ve seen examples all around us of those who thought they were playing it safe and then lowered their guard. We’ve peeked over and walked away realizing it wasn’t safe. And then we relaxed our stance, moved to the edge and carelessly found our feet slipping into the deep.
Drenched in a splash of consequences with ripple effects that swirl out of control, disobedience only takes seconds to unfold. One seemingly innocent decision justifying our actions as we are riveted out of the Father’s protection. Frightened and afraid – shamed and condemned, desperately trying to avoid a meltdown.
So what’s a girl supposed to do? Where do we turn when complicated is a result of our choice to dismiss, disregard and excuse away God’s Word? Could we really run back into His open arms, admit our faults, seek forgiveness and watch the Father scoop us up?
God is always waiting for the one who slips away. He’s eager for His lost sheep to come back home, extending His grace. Protected and loved by the One who welcomes those prone to wander – open arms inviting us to turn back. Accepting the consequences and admitting our wrong, we move in close and experience the amazing grace of God. A tragedy averted from living on the edge where sin slips in
“Father how sweet to know that You are always close by, even when I’ve run away. Thank You for the gift of forgiveness that brings me close to You.”
For His Glory
TRBC Women’s Life