Poor Karen. Talk about a sticky situation. She was gluing on a nice set of fake nails when the glue sprung a little leak (you’d think it would’ve sealed itself, wouldn’t you?). Before she knew what was happening, her new white tablecloth was solidly adhered to her left hand. She struggled to find some way to get the tablecloth unstuck without losing three and a half of her left fingerprints and a significant part of her life-line, but after several minutes of struggling, she realized it was past time to pick up her kids from school. She had to just grab her keys and go, tablecloth trailing after her.
“How come you’re cleaning the steering wheel with your new tablecloth, Mom?”
“I’m not. I’m stuck.”
“You’re kidding, right? What are you doing, some sort of Linus imitation or something?”
Eyeroll. “Okay, yes, that’s it. And this is my security tablecloth. So don’t mess with me. I’m insecure.”
Oh, those love-filled family bonding moments in the car. Most of the bonding in that particular scene was to the tablecloth, but at least there was bonding.
Colossians 3:14 tells us about God’s kind of bonding moments. “And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].” (AMP) God’s kind of bonding really does hold a family together. His love is that bond- and it’s stronger than even the best nail glue.
We can be secure in the perfect, bonding love of God. His love is our real security blanket. Bonding with others in His love is His plan. In Ephesians 4:1-3, Paul says, “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.” (NLT)
Let’s make allowances for each other. Let’s love each other with God’s perfect love. Let’s grab hold of His love and never let go. Whether we’re grabbing with six and half fingerprints or a full set of ten.
Rhonda Rhea email@example.com is the author of “Who Put the Cat in the Fridge” and other insanely fun books, including “Amusing Grace” and “Turkey Soup for the Soul–Tastes Just Like Chicken.” She is a radio personality and humor columnist and speaks at conferences and events nationwide. Rhonda lives in the St. Louis area with her pastor/husband and their five children. Find out more at www.RhondaRhea.net.