“I can’t believe we’re having this conversation again …” I droned, and my daughter’s eyeball conquered. We spend a lot of time discussing the same issues.
“What should I do, mom?” she asked.
“Be kind, and include,” I repeated, after deleting all of the other thoughts and sentiments I swirling around in my head.
“Remember, it’s not about what we want to do,” I told her, “but what we’re here on this earth to do.”
Later that morning, I had noticed some ice circles on my walk. Strange, how the ice just froze in circles like that. “That’s what all these never-ending lessons remind me of …” I thought to myself, “frozen circles.”
When our patience comes under rapid-fire, as Christians we are called to keep our cool.
Today’s verse quotes a prophecy about a day when the Lord would no longer require sacrifice for sin.
“The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant” (Jeremiah 31:31) …And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”(Jeremiah 31:34)
It’s repeated in the New Testament, as are a lot of OT prophesies. There’s a lot to be said, and a lot that’s been studied, about repetitive behavior. These conversations that we repeat with our children are opportunities disguised as annoyance. As Christians, we live our lives in repetitive format. Each day, spending time in prayer and the Word, and then applying it to our lives the best we humanly can.
The very fact that Scripture is repetitive should tip us off to the fact that God has us wired to be creatures of habit and routine.
The next time we can’t believe we’re having “that” conversation again, let’s try to remember that it’s simply a parental process of repetition. The seeds we’re planting need time to grow and mistakes to be applied to.
Our children are listening. Our God is speaking. He remembers us, but forgets our sin.
He’s cleared off the mess of sacrifice so that we can fill that space with what He’s repeating to us, now. “I will never again remember….” so that we can accept forgiveness, and focus on the good fight of faith.
Jesus’ birth changed everything. It’s a story to be repeated for all time. He took the weight of sacrifice off of us, and bore that burden until He squashed it on the cross. Christmas is a time to repeat the magnitude of His birth. Freeze that circle. Repeat that story. Let it keep moving and growing and revealing more and more with each rotation.
Father, Praise You for ice circles, and what the simple elements of nature lay waiting to teach us each day. Thank You for placing us in such a beautiful atmosphere, and forgive us for mistreating or walking by Your wonders. Bless us to notice and repeat Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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