Why Do We Never Learn
by Linda Wood Rondeau
Oh my, but what a cold day. I wore my winter coat to watch my granddaughter’s soccer game. Unfortunately, my grandson arrived in a flimsy coat and shorts. Though the temperatures had plummeted from the previous sunny day, the independent ten-year-old judged his need based on the previous day’s temperatures. He refused to believe his mother’s warning that he’d regret dressing for summer on a day like this. After arguments, she decided he’d only learn if he experienced a few hours of shivering. She secretly brought a blanket because she knew he’d be cold.
When he complained, his mother said, “I warned you.”
My grandson, simply nodded, his eyes sad. “I guess maybe you were right.”
She took out the blanket she’d stuffed into her tote and wrapped it around a grateful child.
I was reminded how many poor choices I had made against my parents’ warnings. My mother would always say, “You made your own bed, now lie in it.” She sometimes allowed me to suffer from the consequence of my poor choices. Most often, compassion and love overruled, and she came to the rescue.
Isn’t this just like our Father?
We fail to heed His warnings, going headlong into trouble. And like the children of Israel, we complain. Even then, when we confess our error and realize our misjudgment, God hears and rescues. Perhaps, like my daughter, with a remedy He’d already planned.
Our compassionate God is slow to wrath and quick to comfort. When we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins . . . He doesn’t leave us to lie in our poorly made beds.
Author of Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt, Linda Wood Rondeau’s varied church experience and professional career affords a unique perspective into the Christian life. When not writing or speaking, she enjoys the occasional round of golf, visiting museums, and taking walks with her best friend in life, her husband of over forty years. The couple resides in Hagerstown, Maryland, where both are active in their local church. Readers may learn more about the author, read her blog, or sign up for her newsletter by visiting www.lindarondeau.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lindawoodrondeau or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authorlindawoodrondeau/.