Our three sons did not merit a trip to the zoo today. Recent behavior has been rather embarrassing. Back biting, arm biting, talking back, manipulating, punching, clawing, growling, stomping. Yes, the behavior of three alpha apes living in the same cage but not the type of behavior we want to flourish in pastor’s children. So, we took them to the zoo and dropped them off with a park ranger. Tempting! No, we took them to the zoo, not because they deserved it but because they needed it. We even took them for Frogurtz frozen yogurt sundaes after.
We don’t deserve purple-orange sunsets, fragrant spring flowers, and epic ocean-scapes. What about the way flavors pair together at dinner and the comforting sound of music and the warmth of a fire with friends? We don’t deserve any of the graces God lavishes on us and so often fail to recognize and appreciate. We give God the same ape-ish antics my sons gave me. I took my children to the zoo not out of their merit but because their father loves them and told them he loves them no matter what. Heaven forbid my sons think they merit grace in their life. I would need to cage them like beasts. (I wanted to earlier)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8