Sadie... oh, Sadie. She's always into something.
You know that old nursery rhyme..."There once was a girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead...." Yeah... that's Sadie.
A few weeks ago, I was sick and was in bed for a fair chunk of the day. This is very dangerous when you have three active little ones! I emerged from my room to find a novel scene. In the back yard I found a family-sized box of Cheerios... mostly gone. And... Cheerios EVERYWHERE. I looked across the yard, speckled from one end to the other with the little Os. I think Alice and Elsie started it... they were feeding "the animals" that we apparently have in our backyard. Sadie took it to a new level, I gathered.
Of course, there's the classic "empty the entire box of crackers" incidents also. It hurts the most, once again, with the family-sized boxes. And yes, if it gets emptied in the house I do put the crackers back in the box. :)
Now that it's warm enough to occasionally turn on the garden hose, I'm in a heap of trouble with Sadie. She loves getting dirty... as most children do. It seems as if the moment I get her cleaned up and settled back in the house, she sneaks out the back door as soon as I turn my back...
You know, I'm kind of like that with God. I'm always getting into something... some mess... some sin. Just when I get things in my spiritual life in some kind of order... I mess up, I stumble and find myself covered in mud again. I would imagine this is frustrating to God! He must shake his head and say "Amy...oh, Amy... she's always into something. But God doesn't think it's cute when I sin! He longs to see me mature into an obedient child, yet I just can't resist the messes!
BUT just like a gentle parent, because of His deep love for me, God cleans me up again... He removes my sin, as far as the East is from the West. Then, he asks me again... to obey this time.
What a loving God we have... what blessed children we are. :)
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" Romans 6:1