“Emma, no touch! Hot! Hot! Mama and daddy’s baby girl will get hurt. No touch, Emma. Hot! Hot! Hot!” Repeatedly, my brother Philip and his wife Amy had warned their two-year old daughter Emma, about the dangers of touching their stove’s glass-ceramic top. Unfortunately, one day last week, Emma suffered second-degree burns when she touched the stove’s hot cook-top. Did Emma “choose” not to heed her parent’s warning or did she simply “not see the danger” in touching the stove? Here is this week’s story…
It was mid-morning when Amy began tidying the master bedroom. Moments earlier she had finished cooking breakfast for the children and all was well. Yes indeed, everything was shaping up to be another beautiful day for the family. And then suddenly the morning’s calm was shattered by Emma’s blood-curdling screams. Dropping everything, Amy hurried to the kitchen where she found her middle daughter Hannah comforting baby girl Emma. Crying uncontrollably, Emma was standing on a chair in front of the stove and “protecting” her right hand. Quickly and gently, Amy took hold of Emma’s hand to inspect it. Seeing the entire inner surface of Emma’s right hand and fingers burned and already blistering, Amy knew immediate medical care for Emma was required.
After scooping Emma up in her arms, Amy took a few moments to survey the “scene” before departing for the local Pediatrics’ office. Amy surmised that Emma had pushed a chair from the dining room to the kitchen, and then pushed the chair next to the stove before climbing on top of it. Evidently little Emma had been searching for candy or cookies in the kitchen cabinets when she put her hand down on the stove’s (still hot) ceramic cook-top.
When Amy and Emma returned home from the Pediatrics’ office, Emma was sporting a large gauze bandage on her right hand to protect the second-degree burns from becoming infected. Emma is still recuperating from being burned and though it’s not been easy for her…she has proven that she is a “big” two-year old. Being right-handed, Emma’s had to make some significant adjustments and the entire family is proud of how she’s handled it all. We’re especially proud of how she’s coped with not being able to suck her right thumb. And though she’s tried switching over to sucking her left thumb…she told her mama and daddy: “It’s not good.”
In closing, there’s not a person in our family who believes Emma “deliberately chose” to disobey her parents’ warnings. Rather, we believe two-year old Emma “didn’t see or understand the danger” of her actions. Nevertheless, at a very young and tender age Emma has been “burned” from “touching” what her parents had repeatedly warned her to stay away from. Does Emma understand that her parents love her and that’s why they warn her against doing certain things? Probably not…since she’s only two-years of age, but one day she will.
How about you? Have you been “burned” from “touching those things” that Father God told you not to touch? If so, know that Father God still loves you, burns and all. And He desires to heal you of your burns. Are you willing to seek Him for immediate care? I hope so. Because true healing for your body, soul, and spirit can only occur when you seek the Great Physician. Remember, God warns us because He loves us. He’s trying to protect us from being burned.
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.—1 Peter 1:14 (NIV)
Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye (your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound and is not fulfilling its office, your body is full of darkness. Be careful, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness. If then your entire body is illuminated, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright [with light], as when a lamp with its bright rays gives you light.—Luke 11: 34-36 (AMP)
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].—Romans 12:2 (AMP)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.—Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.—Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
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