Writing on the Wall
“My dear brother, take note of this: Everyone should be
quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James. 1:19)
A weary mother just returned from the store, bringing groceries
through the kitchen door, her eight-year-old son was waiting for her arrival
to report what his younger brother had done. “While I was playing in the
living room, and Dad was on the phone, T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the
wall. I told him that Mom would be
very mad.” Yes, indeed, it was because
of her younger son’s great art work that she had to saved
enough money to have the dinning room wall refinished. She could not take it anymore. She let out a moan and asked: “Where is
your little brother right now?” The
older son pointed his finger to upstairs.
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride went upstairs to the
boy’s room. She called his full name
as she entered his room. He trembled
with fear and knew that it meant doom!
He hid himself in the closet.
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved about the expensive
wallpaper and how she had saved in order to pay for it. She lamented about all the work it would
take to redo it. She condemned his
actions and total lack of care. The
more she scolded, the madder she got.
Then she stomped from his room back downstairs. She headed for the den to confirm her
fears. But when she saw the wall, her
eyes flooded with tears immediately.
The message on the wall pierced her heart with a dart. It said: “ I love
Of course, she had no extra money and effort to redo the dinning room’s
wall, so she just let the wallpaper remain, just as she found it. But added an extra thing there - an empty
picture frame hung over the word that the younger son wrote. It was a reminder to her, and indeed to
all. “Quick to listen, slow to anger.”
Discovering the truth of matter takes time.
Our Heavenly Father has great patience. When we do something wrong repeatedly, He
does not get angry with us. He just
waits for us to repent. Because He
knows our motivations and thoughts, He has the ability to restore everything,
no matter how bad we mess up. His
handiwork can always turn the worst situation into a beautiful result, just
like the frame hanging on the wall.