A little boy visited his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with in the woods. He practiced, but couldn’t hit the target. Getting discouraged, he headed back to lunch. As he walked back, he saw Grandma’s pet duck. 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 that 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. Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally smiled and said, “Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.” She whispered again, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing & Johnny stayed to help. After several days of Johnny doing his chores and Sally’s, he could stand it no longer. He came to Grandma & confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt beside Johnny & said, “I know. I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”
Thought for the day: Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done that the enemy throws in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.), whatever it is, Jesus Christ was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. He wants you to know He loves you & that you are forgiven. He wonders how long you will let the enemy make a slave of you. Remember, God not only forgives you, He forgets. Take time today to pray for release from those burdens you carry. At our midweek worship session this week we reflected on this wee story and during our prayer time laid stones in a bowl of water to symbolise handing over our burdens to God. Now we know that the process of forgiveness, healing and especially forgetting enough to move on is very difficult but God promises to help us. But to continue to carry the stones with us rather than leave them with God is ultimately more harmful to us.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
God has separated us from our sins (Psalm 103:12 The Message)
God bless you all,