Yesterday we missed a wedding. I’ve known the bride my whole life.
Granted, we were never close.
And we weren’t actually invited to the wedding.
But I picture it taking place in an apple grove, with some sort of ivy winding up and over a wrought iron arch. A gorgeous Autumn ceremony. The minister is just getting to the heartwarming stuff at the climax of his speech.
Suddenly all you can hear is
That’s Riley yelling “APPLE!” and waiting for someone to notice his brilliance in suggesting the name of the nearby fruit at the top of his lungs. There he goes, scooting in between rows of guests, squealing and laughing.
Then there’s another noise, sort of quietly violent, as Riley’s mama starts losing her cookies. Must have been a bad apple. Someone catch that kid! He’s getting too close to the bucket! He’s getting too close to the bride! He’s as curious as a cat and as fast as boiled Crisco!
I bet they wish they’d invited us.
The point is, I learned a lot in the last day or two. I’m joking about the wedding. Someone I know did get married, but my 1:30A.M. mind just thinks it would have been hilarious if our comical circus had showed up.
You see, I never thought I’d be the parent with the rambunctious toddler. MY children were going to stay perfectly in line.
And I, not having actually thrown up in 16 years, never had much compassion for those who got stomach bugs. It was more like, “Oh the poor thing. Glad I didn’t get it…”
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15. I posted that as my verse for the weekend, and funny thing – God’s been teaching me to have compassion – to sympathize with those who struggle or suffer.
After all, I was one of those rambunctious toddlers whose heart was good and happy and whose bum never hit the chair.
And now I was one of those poor souls hunched over the garbage can while my loving husband rubbed my back, and my parents whisked our children from the room.
Thank you, God, for your love and faithfulness – for getting me through and reminding me how much I need you. Maybe I’ll have the chance to reach out to someone soon in compassion.
I feel like now I can say sincerely, “I know what you mean! Let’s get through it together.”