My oldest granddaughter learned a lesson in fairness at my house the other day. And it was so hard to watch. Because not only did it cause her physical pain, she was just so confused. She had been instructed to not mess with Taffy because, well, to put it nicely, Nana’s kitty is just a stinker. Now, quite often Olivea is willing to push the limits and take her chances, but not this time. On this day, she followed the directions to the letter. Seriously. This was the first time I had really seen her totally stay away from Taffy while she was visiting.
However, not long before it was time for her to go home, we were standing by the kitchen table working on a project, and Taffy was waiting in ambush on her favorite chair. Even though we were totally ignoring her, the little monster reached her paw up in a surprise attack and got Liv right across the hand. Oh the tears! She was shocked, scared, angry, and confused; and you could see all of it in her face. And over and over, through her tears, she kept saying, “I didn’t do anything to her! I didn’t touch her! I was leaving her alone!” As I consoled her and explained that she had done an awesome job leaving the cat alone, and it was mean of Taffy to do that, I was thinking how life is just like that. Doing all the right things saves us from a lot of consequences of bad decisions. But it still doesn’t exempt us from the surprise attacks that life throws at us from time to time. Sometimes, no matter how good or loving we are, that sneaky paw of life scratches us anyway. Until Jesus comes back and sets things right again, this marred, sinful world, as beautiful as it is sometimes, will never be fair. I’m so thankful that we have a loving, Heavenly Father that reaches down to console us through our tears and cries of “But, I don’t understand?!”
So I say to you what I said to Olivea. Sometimes life (and Taffy) doesn’t play fair, and sometimes we get hurt. But keep on being good anyway. 🙂