My wife and I sat peacefully on the sofa together, enjoying some quiet time as the kids rested. Before we had our fourth child we were able to put all three of our children down for naps all at the same time, in separate rooms. We would put our oldest daughter downstairs in her own room, our son would nap in our room, and our youngest daughter (at the time) would sleep in her crib. As parents of three children four years old and younger, times like these were cherished moments for the two of us.
As we sat there basking in the silence, we began to hear the small voice of the one year old, cooing unintelligibly in her room. She seemed cheery…pleasant…even happy. She, unlike our son at that age, had not yet learned to extract herself from the confines of her crib, so we had no reason to be concerned. Finally, we felt that as “good parents” we should check on her. I was elected to sneak a peek at the happy girl, to make sure she was still safely confined and happy. The idea was to sneak a peek, without being noticed, so that the happy play could continue and thus extending our time of peace.
I slowly turned the knob and cracked the door. As a slit in the door jamb expanded, I was blasted by an odor worse than death itself and struggled to remain conscious. Through blurry, watery eyes that were struggling to adjust to the dim light, I saw something unexpected. This little one year old girl was not wearing her footy jammies. This little girl was not wearing her little white onesie. My child was not wearing a diaper! Our one year old artist had painted her white crib brown! This little bundle of stinky joy was sucking her two favorite sucking fingers!
I had two words to express my response. Number one, “Nasty!” …There could not be a second word because I had passed out before I could come up with one…technically…I probably didn’t faint…just wished I had.
After pinching myself in an attempt to wake up from the bad dream I was hoping I was experiencing, I raised up the courage to croak out the words, “Sarah!...Carissa needs you!”
We all need change in our lives at some point. This little girl needed a diaper change…but she decided to make the changes that she wanted to make, on her own…it didn’t turn out so well.
Change will always lead to conflict. If we resist it, we find conflict with those implementing it. If we embrace it, we find conflict with those resisting it. Not all changes are worth embracing. Likewise, not all changes are worth resisting.
When Jesus came to this earth he brought with Him some changes. These changes were not something that most people wanted to embrace. Jesus brought truth and love to a world stuck in untruth and hate. In John 15:18-16:4, Jesus tells his disciples, about how much the world will hate them because the world first hated Him. The world hated Jesus because He revealed to the world, that the world was stuck in sin. Jesus came to not only reveal the sin…but He came to take care of the sin.
When I stepped into my daughter’s room on that fateful day and turned on the light…the revelation of her filth came into the light. Then my wife and I dealt with the filth. We were not ok to let her continue in her filth, so we revealed it. Certainly, she was too young to know that we were revealing her filth and dealing with it. But we were not. When Jesus reveals to mankind…to the Jewish leaders…to his disciples…to us…the truth about ourselves…what will we do? Will we hate him? Or, will we embrace how he is trying to change us and deal with our sin?
It’s a battle between love and hate.