Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Stinkies We Make

My 4-month-old pomeranian Bananas keeps making stinkies - in the house. I clean up stinkies before I leave for work, when I get home from work, before I go to sleep, and many times in between. I feel like I'm doing everything I can to train Bananas to go outside and that she's a bad dog when she goes inside. If potty-training a dog is this hard, I don't know what I'll do when I'm potty-training my kid. Worse yet, I don't know what my husband's going to do.

Reflecting on how frustrating it is to see my baby Bananas mess up and make a stinky over and over again makes me ponder how God should be frustrated with me. How many messes have I made in my life? Too many, that's for sure. But God keeps reaching down with his gentle hand to let me know he loves me. An unconditional love like God's is beyond comparison to my love for my puppy. While sometimes I'd like to think I love Bananas (and Bambi, my very well-trained pomeranian) more than anything, I'm reminded that no love is greater than that of our Heavenly Father's.

No matter how many stinkies we make, we can rest in the knowledge that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Instead, he wipes our slates clean every morning and waits for us to call out to him.

While watching my husband clean up the latest stinky from Bananas, I thought about something else as well. We always groan and yell and huff and puff when we clean up her messes. And then we give her a hopeless look with our eyes like we're just so disappointed. Is this how God feels when we don't do what he's trying to teach us?

I believe raising a puppy and one day a child (or four) will humble me and my hubby, showing us that unconditional love is not sappy nor easy. It's a rather difficult thing to pull off. It puts the unexplainable grace and mercy God shows us each day in perspective.

Next time I'm cleaning up Banana's stinky, I hope I'll remember the many, many times God's cleaned up after me. I'll welcome her back up in my lap and pray she learns the way of her Father.

5 comments:

  1. thanks for the reminder, Amber! As a parent of 4(!) I can't count how many stinkies I've cleaned up over the years. It's rather humbling to equate myself with a diaper-wearing infant or potty-training toddler (or puppy), but it's true, I often act like I don't know what God expects of me. So glad he loves me anyway! One thing I always tell my kids when we've had to discipline them is that Mommy loves them even when they make bad choices. Just like God loves us when we make bad choices.

    PS - fun to finally find your blog!

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    1. Yay! No kidding! I couldn't agree more with what you said. Thanks for reading and for your words of encouragement. :)

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  2. If you are anything like your mother, I know for a fact that the path you and your husband are on will be rich and rewarding and God will look favorably on you, how can he not... you are your mothers daughter.. and I am certain the messes you have to clean up are not even close to those of your mothers ( and I can speak from experience on that!) You will be amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rita! I'm just thankful I've had the privilege to have such an honest, beautiful and approachable mother. I appreciate your words. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. :)

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