CASSIE GLANCED DOWN at the text message from her son. Her heart sank, and her eyes filled with tears. How could she turn him down? How could she tell him “no”?
Cassie’ story starts a few months back when her teenage son Brock got in trouble for throwing something on the school bus. The first call to Cassie from the principle was a warning. Several months later, the second call was to tell Cassie that Brock had thrown something again and there would be a consequence for his action.
Since Brock had been truthful with the principle when asked if he’d thrown something on the bus, the principle suspended Brock for only one day. Cassie, however, being a parent who wanted to enforce her son’s lesson, told the principle that Brock would not only serve the detention, but would report to the bus garage and wash buses after school one afternoon. The principle was to call her back with the afternoon that would work best for the supervisor of the bus garage. A couple days later, the principle called Cassie back with the date. Brock was to wash buses the following Wednesday after school.
On Monday of the following week, Brock tried out for the high school baseball team. When he received the news he made the team, Brock called his mom to tell her. His excitement was soon overcome with a heavy heart when Brock realized he would have to miss a practice on Wednesday to wash buses. The coach told the boys if they missed any practices, they would be off the team. Because Brock was scheduled to wash buses in just two days, he would miss a practice thus causing him to lose his place on the team. Yet, despite the consequence of missing a practice, Brock was resigned to complete his commitment at the bus garage.
Feeling bad for her son, Cassie called the principle and explained the situation. The principle told Cassie to have Brock at the bus garage after school as planned, and he would talk to the coach.
On Wednesday, Cassie drove Brock to the bus garage. Hoping to catch some much needed shut-eye after spending long days at work, Cassie told Brock to check in. She would be napping in the car. Feeling somewhat awkward, Brock asked Cassie to come with him. So, Cassie accompanied Brock inside to get him situated.
After Brock was checked in, Cassie turned to leave. Brock stared at her with a pleading look in his eye’s and mouthed the words, “Don’t leave me.” The look on his face tugged at Cassie’s heart-strings, so she agreed to stay inside the garage and read a book while Brock washed buses.
Cassie went to the car, retrieved her book, and had just got back inside when her phone received a text message. At his point, Cassie became impatient. She couldn’t believe Brock had his phone with him; let alone was texting her. When Cassie glanced down at the message from her teenage son, her heart sank, and her eyes filled with tears. How could she turn him down? How could she tell him “no”?
The message read:
Mom, I have never washed a car, much less a bus. I don’t know how. Can you come show me?
It was at that moment, Cassie was reminded of Jesus’ love for her. Cassie recognized the times she had faltered and sometimes failed to do the right thing. She knew there were times she broke Jesus’ heart, and she deserved to reap the consequences of her actions. Yet, she knew Jesus loved her more than anything, and when she made restitution, she knew Jesus was there with her. He never left her side. If Jesus loved her that much, how could she say “no” to her son.
…And with a mother’s love and the reminder of Jesus’ love for her, Cassie joined Brock for the next hour and together they washed buses.
When Cassie shared her story at church, she reminded all of us of Jesus’ love. Jesus loves us so much, He gave His life for us. He died for our sins. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. And though we often have to pay the consequences for actions of disobedience, Jesus never leaves our side. He is with us through it all.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)
Prayer: Father God, We all make mistakes. We all do things we shouldn’t, and sometimes we do not feel worthy of being in Your presence. Yet You tell us You love us no matter what we’ve done. Like a parent who says to their child, “I am disappointed in your choices, but I still love you,” You reassure us You are there for us. You are there to help us face the consequences of our choices. You are right beside us. You never leave us. Thank You Father for your great love. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.
Cassie Lipscomb shared her story during communion meditation at Agape Christian Church. She gave me permission to share it with you on Spun by the Potter. School Bus picture courtesy of Pixabay and lindamayo1. Couple Walking Picture courtesy of Pixabay and Unsplash.