Bitter words they can’t really even comprehend pour out of my mouth.
“Kids! Please just play nicely! Everyone will have so much more fun if we treat others how we want to be treated.”
“That’s it! Time out! Now. You’re done.”
“You see? I told you this was going to happen if you didn’t listen to me!”
Wow. Toddlers sure could be frustrating and I was exasperated. Why wouldn’t they just listen?! Everything would be so much easier if they could just use a little bit of common sense. I wasn’t trying to make their lives miserable, but they sure seemed to think it was fun to try and make mine.
In case you couldn’t tell, I had a horrible attitude.
Then, a thought came mind.
What if this was how God treated humanity?
After all, we must seem an awful lot like foolish toddlers to Him.
“Come on humanity, can’t you just be kind to each other? I’ve condensed it all down to two simple rules! Follow them already!”
“Now, see – I told you these horrible things were going to happen if you didn’t listen to me!”
“Alright, you’re done. That is it! I’ve had enough of you and your attitude!”
Needless to say, if God had my short temper I’d have been done for a long time ago. Dealing with humankind must be beyond frustrating, yet still He loves us and responds to our foolishness with grace and mercy.
The challenge is showing that same grace and mercy to the imperfect people around me.
“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”
Thank goodness for mercy.
And thank goodness God is nothing like me.
Do you struggle with a short temper some days? What do you do to help keep things in perspective?