Monday, December 10, 2012

"Apologize now. . ."

Last night our grandchildren spent the night with us, but their father forgot to bring their suitcase when he came.  Fortunately, we have some spare clothes we keep here for them, so at bathtime, I brought out the pajamas from "their" drawer.

I was helping my six-year-old grandson as he put on his pajamas.  As I held up his shirt, I realized it wasn't his shirt.  It was a shirt I had searched the house for earlier this fall.  I loved wearing it to our local  football games because of its red color and short sleeves, but it had mysteriously disappeared.

Actually, I had believed my youngest daughter had borrowed it and perhaps misplaced it somewhere in her room.  I had asked her about it and she told me she hadn't taken my shirt, but I still held the suspicion she had it and I shared this with my grandson.

"Jack, I was sure Emmie had taken my shirt!"  As I went out of the bathroom to show the shirt to my husband, who knew I thought my daughter had borrowed it, my daughter Emmie heard our discussion.

"I told you I didn't take your shirt!"

Jack motioned for me to lean over.  Then he held his hand next to my ear and whispered softly, "Apologize now."

"Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength. . ." (Psalm 8:2).  Little Jack, with his sweet little boy voice spoke so much wisdom and truth in those two words.  And yes, I did apologize.  How much like the Holy Spirit he was beside me.  Small and unassuming, yet he spoke the truth softly and clearly, just as the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts.

As Christians, we all have "a little Jack" inside of us to tell us the right thing to do at the perfect time.  It is up to us to follow that "still, small voice."

 "And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. 
And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, 
and brake in pieces the rocks before the LO
but the LORD was not in the earthquake:   
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: 
and after the fire a still small voice."  
1 Kings 19:11,12

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