Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Water Under the Bridge
Did I already mention that I prefer to deal with conflict or anything else head on?
Not everyone is like that.
My husband prefers to do nothing. He waits until enough water has gone under the bridge for things to be ok again.
So, today... there hasn't been enough water under the bridge. It is at that awkward stage where some water has gone under, but not quite enough.
When is it really enough? Is it enough when the problem is slightly covered with water? Is it enough when the water flows over it, but if you look directly at it, you still see it lurking under the water? Or is it enough when so much water goes by that you forget what was buried down there?
Oh, for the simplicity of repentance and forgiveness! Aren't you glad that God forgives? We don't have to wait. We don't have to wonder. It is gone. Forgiveness takes the issues out of the stream, gone for good. Clear water again flows, and we don't have to be afraid of the view from the bridge.
With repentance, we have no shadows lurking in standing water, no surprises to appear in times of drought. No memories to surface again when we run dry of grace.
But he has not yet discovered this. What he misses knowing is that forgiveness is already waiting for him. It has been for a long time. For this, for many other things that he simply buried under the bridge. It is there waiting.
We simply need to be open to receive forgiveness. We can not have cleared away what we cover over and hide.
So, here I am today, watching water pass by and wishing for simple talk, for the freedom of repentance and forgiveness.