We Are Grounded
Were you ever grounded as a teenager? Can you recall what you did that made your parent or parents take such a drastic measure as to confine you to your house or, worse, to your bedroom?
Whatever the specific infraction at the time, the overall offense was this:
Your actions and/or words were (likely) self-serving and involved what you viewed as your rights as an individual. In the end, you were tempted to go off and do something that did not benefit your family, but benefited what YOU wanted. What you wanted, your rights, your friends, or your goals became more important to you than anything else. You violated your family’s harmony.
I’d like to propose that we’ve all been grounded. This may look like a virus pandemic, but in essence we’ve been given time to think, reflect, and maybe even repent. We’ve been sent to our rooms because we, the children of God, have violated our human family’s harmony as designed by God, the Father of us all.
What can we do? I’m not God but I’m a mom and, at one time, a rebellious daughter. Here are a few ideas. See what resonates with our souls:
- Confess my own rebellion to God my Father
- Ask God to forgive me for causing disharmony in His home, His world
- Ask God to forgive me for hurting my parents, brother, sister, or child
- Receive our Father’s love
- Tell God it’s OK if He wants to have a “big talk” with us about our life
- Call a family member and ask if you can pray together
- Call a family member and ask forgiveness
- Turn off the “need to know” news and open the Bible—Ephesians 6 maybe
- Take a good look at the cross—God went this far to restore me to His family
We are worth EVERYTHING to our Father in Heaven. He will do ANYTHING to get us back in harmony with Him and with our family.