If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sinsLast week, I did the unthinkable. I was at my parent’s house as usual and as in times past, I took my father’s bird cage out to their deck to clean it. I carefully set the cage down on top of the table and turned my back on it as I took the plastic bag where I intended to place the trash. When I returned and got close to the cage, the birds started flying frantically inside. That was their typical behaviour and it didn’t cause me any alarm until the smaller of the two flew right out of the cage’s open door and took off east like a rocket. I was horrified and just managed to stop the other one from flying out as well as I used my hand to block the open door. I quickly latched the door shut and prayed that the other one would come back as I looked out to the sky where it took off.
1 John 1:9a
I was aghast. How could I possibly miss seeing the open door? What if the budgie never came back? What would my father say? Would he scold me? I didn’t know how he’d react to me but I was certain he’d be grief stricken. His pets (he had fish and two turtles, too) were all precious to him. If he ever leaves his house for a few days, he’d call to make sure someone’s feeding his pets. Surely, he’d be saddened by what happened. I lingered outside and prayed for that bird to miraculously fly back. The one left was visibly agitated and was saying so in no uncertain terms! I decided that it was good for us to remain outside so that his chattering would call the other one back. It didn't work. Several minutes later, I came back in and decided to tell my father the grim news.
I sheepishly added that it was another thing I wanted to let him know about. My father didn’t say anything but proceeded to go to the car and inspect the damage. While he was checking it, Eng phoned. Eng apologized also and I anxiously waited for my father to say more but all he said was, “It’s ok, don’t worry about it.”
If my father could easily forgive about the bird and the car after finding out just seconds apart, would our heavenly father do any less? He is by far holier and good. He is faithful and just, too. He forgives us, EASILY! Can we receive His forgiveness?
I must and I do. Will you do the same?