After something breaks, we have a choice. It could be a broken relationship, a broken job, or a broken dream. Something happens and it’s broken. Now what? How do we respond?
I heard a sermon recently where a boy came to his Dad in tears. The Dad asked, “Hey, what’s up, buddy?”
The boy answered, “I broke a window.”
The Dad is thinking, “I’m so glad it’s just a broken window.”
The boy was really upset though. He continued, “That’s not the worst of it. I did it while I was disobeying Mom. She told me not to play in the garage, and I did it anyway. The ball went through the window and broke it. I feel really awful.”
Ah ha. Disobedience and a broken window. The disobedience part was more painful than the actual damage. This was the part that was breaking him on the inside. He had a contrite heart. He didn’t try to blame anyone. He didn’t try to lie. He didn’t try to hide it up. He simply called his Dad and told him everything because he didn’t know what to do. Now it was the Dad’s turn to respond. The Dad didn’t respond with yelling and screaming.
The Dad said, “I’m glad you told me what happened. I’m glad you chose to tell the truth. We’re going to have to deal with the disobedient part. But together we’re going to fix this.”
That is the heart of Father God. He doesn’t gloss over the disobedience part. There’s consequence coming. But there’s also the place to share honestly. There’s the place to fix the problem together. The boy didn’t have to tell the father. The boy could have chosen options that drove them apart. But coming to the father brought them together. It didn’t change the fact that there was a broken window that needed repair. But it did make the Dad and boy a team. Punishment had to be implemented. But learning who to call and what to do to fix the broken window also was part of the learning curve.
Some people grow up in loving families and learn how to handle life’s broken windows. Others of us have to unlearn old responses of denial and avoidance and fix it ourselves before anyone notices. We learned our family members were not our allies. We forgive, but haven’t learned to trust again. God wants to be our heavenly father. He stands ready to listen and teach. He knows what to do. He quietly says to us, “Together, we can fix this.” It is our choice to turn toward God and become a team.