I watched a dad yesterday holding a crying toddler at the park. She wanted to walk, and he was carrying her instead. I’ve been there: it’s always somewhat embarrassing when you are in a public place, and your children aren’t cooperating as planned. As the dad came near us, he saw some ducks along the path and started pointing them out to the little girl. She was distracted, filled with wonder, and then they all walked home. It happened in just a few moments, but it was beautiful.
I noticed that the dad didn’t “give in” to the daughter’s demand to walk, or stay at the park. He was calmly carrying her along. Mercy was helping to distract her so that she could process her disappointment and think about something else.
I wonder if God does the same thing for me?
I wonder if this is a good example of mercy and justice together.
I wonder if I can imitate this principle with my older children.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord