Naturally, I thought of the children. They must have picked them up and moved them. They will grab my keys sometimes to open the car when we are about to go somewhere.
Then, I thought of my grandson who stood watching everyone else get on the bus, tell me he wanted a ride to school. I pointed to the bus and told him to get on the bus. He was not happy and said a few disgruntled comments about my attitude as he bolted across the lawn. I knew he had taken my missing keys. Didn’t he?
Questions were posed to the younger kids and I visited this one personally after my appointment. He acted innocently about the situation. Shock, surprise, and pseudo-concern, I thought. Where was my godly attitude? It went south fast.
I had fussed at this same child the night before and he let me know how he felt about it all at the time, and after the morning’s episode, I had him tried, convicted, and hung in my mind.
I had spare keys, of course, and I used them to open my car wondering if I hadn’t dropped them inside the car the night before, but I remembered having to unlock the door, so I had them as I entered the house.
As I sat in my car with my feet on the ground outside, I remembered this commercial from years ago. The cartoon character was in an Old West setting. The people around him shouted, “String him up! It’ll teach him a lesson!”
The next shot said, “Forgive him. It’ll teach him a lesson.”
I thought, “But I wanna fuss. I wanna be mad. I wanna …” And my own words haunted me - “When are you going to realize life is not all about you?”
My bad attitude tires screeched to a halt. Forgive me, God, in the hopes it will teach me a lesson as well.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (Colossians 3:12-13)
I must continue to remove the plank from my eye so that I might see the world more clearly through God’s eyes.