Yesterday (Saturday) I had a bit of a frustrating day. I got up early and did some stuff in my garage - just pottering around - putting things away, cleaning etc - and that was all good. A few weeks ago Jill and I had gone to Bunnings and bought the stain for our fence. We used the colour charts they had there and looked at the samples they provided. We chose carefully and got the right colour that would go with the metal panels we had in the fence. Jill was not about and so i got on to painting the fence. Did all the prep work, opened the stain pail and stirred it up. "It looks a bit browner than what I expected" I thought to myself. "Oh well, this is what we chose, get on with it" was the next thought.
I started applying it and it just didn't look right - but it was the colour we chose so "maybe it would get lighter once it dried" I thought. It didn't!
After painting quite a bit of the fence Jill arrived on the scene. "Ewww" she said, looking at the fence (not me). It was then i realised that although we had chosen carefully, used the samples and all, we had indeed got the wrong colour. (Spent the rest of the day water blasting the stain off. Well as much as I could get off.)
We can do things with the best of intentions but sometimes things just turn out wrong. Was it our fault (Jill and me) for choosing the wrong colour? Was it Cabot's fault for having the wrong colours on their samples? Was it Bunnings fault for selling Stain to an incompetent like me?
At the end of the day - it doesn't matter whose fault it was. What needs to happen is it needs to be made right. We are talking about faith@home today and sometimes, things go wrong. Blaming does not help that much - but putting it right does. It is in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that we can put things right. It may be turning the other cheek, forgiving, going the extra mile, but at the end of the day it is about restoring relationship. Go Jesus!