My son, Asher, is at the age where he does so many things that just make us laugh. I probably would have said the same thing a year ago, but he’s really developing his own personality, and things he likes certain ways, and it often is rather humorous. One example is from just the other day. Asher loves to play with any kind of ball he can get his hands on. It doesn’t really matter the size, shape, color, or anything else. He wants to throw, kick, carry, and bounce that ball wherever he goes.
One of his toys came with several plastic balls similar to what you see in those old ball pits. He carries these around, often repeating “i-ma-ball” (“it’s my ball”, for those of you who don’t speak 2-year-old). Asher’s other great love in life is animals. He loves all of his stuffed animals, but really gets excited about the live ones. So, of course, he loves our cat. He always wants to play with the cat, too, even though the cat usually prefers to stay away from Asher. On this particular occasion, the cat was sitting under the dining table, and Asher was walking around with one of his plastic balls. He saw the cat, and decided he wanted to show the cat the ball. He kneeled down on the ground, and got right up in the cat’s face with the ball, and said, “i-ma-ball”.
The cat wasn’t impressed. In fact, his main objective was to get away – so, he ran through his little cat-door that goes out into the garage. But, Asher wasn’t done. He really wanted the kitty to see his ball, and he would especially like it if the kitty played with it, too. So, Asher goes to the door, leans over, and puts the ball through the little door, and drops it out in the garage for the kitty – and, then he starts walking away. It’s at this point that I’m already watching to see what his reaction is going to be, and it was almost as if I could see his little mind working – “Wait a minute . . . if I leave the ball out there for the kitty to play with . . . that means I can’t play with it. It’s not worth that!”
Asher runs back to the door, and is reaching his hand through the door, futilely trying to get the ball back. Of course, that’s when he starts getting upset, and we had to step in and get the ball for him. Even though he started getting upset, it was hard not to laugh at him. The action taken – the realization that it didn’t give him the result desired – the attempt to take it back. It reminded me a lot of . . . well . . . me – and all of us.
God has warned us time and again, much like He did with Adam and Eve – sin isn’t worth it! And, yet, again and again we make the same mistake Adam and Eve did. We go ahead with our actions. Never giving much thought to the end result. And, it’s often only when we don’t get the desired result that we realize we’ve made a mistake. Thankfully, God is very much like the watchful parent – waiting to lend a hand; waiting to step in and help, when we can’t help ourselves. It would be nice if we could cut out all of those silly mistakes from our lives (and many of them we can and should!). But, we will never be perfect, and we will always have to rely on our Father in heaven. Praise God that He is a willing and loving Father – even when we brazenly disregard His will.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:7-9 (ESV)