A play day at the beach! What a treat for the two moms and the six children!
Cousins Vera and Jeane, now adults and living hours away from each other, relished the spa resort moments as they sipped lemonade on the hot summer day. They enjoyed the sun from their chairs while watching their kids.
“Hey Cousin!” Jeane chuckled, “Look at us in a ‘spa resort’ for the weekend!”
Vera shook with laughter, “Yeah, isn’t it?”
For their weekend getaway was just an economy motel sharing one room with two beds and several roll-away cots. By the time they’d checked in, the ladies could only get a second-story room.
Both moms watched all the kids from six to nine years old carefully as their room was right next to the stairway—a new experience for the children! Still, the weekend was the ladies’ gift—their husbands had given them the time away from home while the two men moonlighted for family vacation money.
“Mom! Look at me! I can jump down the stairs!” cried Bruce.
“And me! I can skip down the stairs super fast!” and Josie bounced down and ended up with a skinned knee. The girl howled with pain.
In the middle of all the racket, Mark, behind the moms’ chairs, topped it all. Once and for all, he proved that myth is false—that moms have eyes in the backs of their heads.
“Hey, Mom! Look at me! I’m walking the plank!”
And the wee boy in wobbly sandals was balancing on the edge of the balcony railing!
Jeane gasped. Had it been her own child, she would have come up with a string of never-to-be-forgotten consequences. Threats like that today would be called child abuse.
Vera seemed to remain calm as she passed up all threats and settled on, “Mark,” she began slowly. “We frown on that!”
Jeane held her breath, We frown on that?! What kind of discipline is that?
“Ah, Mom, I wanted to walk the plank!”
Perhaps it is surprising with risks children sometimes take that any survived to adulthood!
It also may be surprising that parenting and discipline take so many forms. Frowning. Threats. Isolation. Loss of privileges. Kid’s stuff? Not always. Every choice has a consequence, even for grown-ups.
God disciplines us because he cares for us. He corrects us to hone us into the men and women he wants us to be. Our Creator is our GPS [Global Positioning System]. He gives us free updates and maps in the Bible.
From King Solomon’s wisdom come these words: “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” [Proverbs 3:12]
God does have eyes in the back of his head. He cares enough for us that he watches us “walk the plank” and gives us the right consequences to remind us to follow him. When you’re wobbling as you walk the plank, reach out for him!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]