We got to babysit the granddaughters this week. They are growing up fast. They are 4 and 2 and it was their first time to have a sleepover. Though I know they don’t drink sodas I could have sworn those kids were “jacked up on Mountain Dew.” They have energy that never runs out. We drew pictures, colored, watched Disney’s Frozen 15 times, played hide and seek, and did somersaults. Okay, THEY did somersaults. The last time Papaw did a somersault was when a lawn chair broke and though it was not pretty I did get a 9.7 from the Russian judge. We had a great time and the only casualty all night was when Haley the 2 year old dropped a plastic sippy cup at while we were eating dinner. The cup split all the way down the side. As I cleaned up the mess and prepared to throw away the cup, Avery the 4 year old stopped me. “No Papaw, don’t throw the cup away. My daddy can fix it!” I told it that it was broken and no good anymore and she pleaded with me. “Really Papaw, my daddy can fix it.” I tried again to explain to her that this cup was broken and would never work right again like it was intended to. She stood her ground, “But my daddy has fixed things before. He will put some tape on it and make just like new!” I ultimately convinced her that we could not bind it with tape tight enough to keep it from leaking but I love the confidence she has in her father.
As Christians we should have the same confidence in our Heavenly Father. Multiple passages come to my mind about how we frail, weak humans break as easily as a plastic sippy cup being knocked off of a dining room table. Many times we fear that we are broken beyond repair, no longer good, useful or desirable. Sometimes we cast these same sentiments upon others thinking that no form of repair or rehabilitation would ever be able to make them whole and useful again. I plead with you just as my granddaughter pleaded with me, “My Father can fix it!” He tells us in Isaiah 61 that He is able to bind up the brokenhearted! He tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that He is able to make all things new! He tells us in Philippians 3:13 that we are able to forget what lies behind and push forward to what lies ahead! Passage after passage declares the steadfast promise that nothing is so broken and no situation is so bad that our Heavenly Father cannot bring about renewal! I know because I have seen my Father fix things before! I have seen Him mend relationships, comfort those in distress, transform lives and bring about renewal. He does all these things for those who enter into a personal, saving relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.