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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: All Grown Up
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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When I was a spunky, little 5 year old, many, many years ago, my parents were going out of town for several days. They sent me to stay with my grandparents. They weren’t sure what day they were coming home, so they packed me enough clothes to make it through the weekend, including my best Sunday dress. It was fun being at my grandparents’ farm, taking care of the chickens and helping Grandma around the house. I felt all grown up.
My grandfather was a scary man. He expected perfect behavior and wasn’t afraid to reprimand any little girl who might happen into trouble. But I enjoyed the first couple of days, without too many scoldings. I was feeling proud of my helping abilities, and when the sun started shining through my window on a beautiful morning, I decided I’d surprise Grandma by getting myself ready for church all by myself. I found my pretty dress, wriggled around to get it zipped up, put on my lacy ankle socks, and my brown patent leather shoes. Next I set to brushing my long red hair, and tying a pretty ribbon in it. I was so proud of myself. I twirled around in the mirror before heading out to the living room to show Grandma and Grandpa my surprise.
I slid open the big sliding door and went into the living room to find my grandpa sitting in his recliner in his red long underwear. I proudly paraded myself in front of him, expecting praise for being such a big girl. Instead he glared at me quite grumpily and said, “What are you all dressed up for, don’t you know it’s Saturday? Now get back in there and put your play clothes on.”
I looked at him, my lower lip quivering, I put my hands on my hips, stomped my little foot and held my head up high and replied, “Of course, I know it’s Saturday. I just wanted you to see how pretty I look in my Church clothes.” I then turned around and ran for the bedroom.
All these years later, I still hate to be wrong. Although I try not to lie quite as blatantly as I did back when I was 5, I will stretch the truth a little to avoid embarrassment. But the thing is God knew that little girl was heartbroken, I’m sure he sent my grandma in to comfort me. Today when I need consoling, God always finds a way to comfort me. He knows everything that is in my heart and doesn’t expect me to be perfect. I know that He loves me no matter if I make a little oops or a huge blunder. I just need to go to Him and ask for His forgiveness and He wraps His arms around me and keeps me safe. What a wonderful Father we have.
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