When I came back in the house about 5 minutes later, I heard mischievous giggles. Joni will be happy to know I did not disappoint in my 'fastest camera draw in Georgia' title...I was armed.
I am not sure if you can make it out, but the powder room sink was filled with bubbles (from the hand soap that had been emptied.) K was standing on the toilet (not normally allowed) giving P a bubble hairdo.
I did not give them too hard of a time since I suppose I have not ever expressly forbidden them to make bubbles in the sink and cover themselves with them. I clarified that it was probably best to leave bubbles in the bath tub, not waste soap or stand on toilet seats.
We went on to have a great afternoon outdoors, planting sunflower seeds and playing in the sand and water table. At 4:50, I asked the children to come in so we could wash up for church. K & R dutifully responded...P did not. As I was helping R, I asked K to please go get P and tell him it was time to leave for choir practice.
She came running back in the back door a few seconds later with a shocked and almost gleeful look on her face. "Mama!" she said breathlessly, "He has sand ALL OVA his head. He is dumping it on his head, then usin' his head to dump it back on the table."
As I called his name, a soaking wet, sand-covered, tearful P shuffled up to the back steps. It was clear to me that his tears were in anticipation of the punishment he might face--not any real regret over his actions.
When I asked him WHY he put sand and water all over his head when we were on our way to church, he told me it was an accident. Can't you just picture a scenario where getting sand and water on top of your head would be accidental?
I told him that I had a hard time believing that his answer was the truth and gave him another shot. This time the answer was mumbled, "wanted to see what would happen." I have heard that one before--and it is probably the truth. P is a sweet child, whose curiosity often gets him into trouble.
I think the rest of the truth is that he got so caught up in the fun he was having that the consequences never occurred to him. Haven't we ALL been there? When I called his name, it snapped him back into reality...and he suddenly realized his fun was likely to lead to negative consequences.
In our couple's small group tonight we talked about wisdom. The truth of life is that we must decide whether to allow ourselves to be swept along in the tide of circumstances, emotions and opportunity or choose to walk in wisdom.
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV)
Taking refuge and/or changing course can often cost us something: pride, fun, relationships...but in the end it will save us from inevitable suffering.
I think I feel a new memory verse coming on...
If you are interested in a little more on this from Andy Stanley, check this out.