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Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents
pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter,
opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it
on the floor. He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands,
mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury
trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.
Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to
be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad.
He didn't know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven or on
stove, (and he didn't know how the stove worked!).
Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push
her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically he tried to
this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pyjamas white and
sticky. And just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears
welled up in Brandon's eyes.
All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess.
He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father
just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying
hugged him and loved him, getting his own panamas white and sticky in the
That's how God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it
turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend or
we can't stand our job or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just stand
there in tears because we can't think of anything else to do. That's when
God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our
mess gets all over Him. But just because we might mess up, we can't stop
trying to "make pancakes," for God or for others. Sooner or later we'll get
right, and then they'll be glad we tried