Minutes later I had found our Principal (also my Dad) and was ‘confessing my failure’, apologising, and still, obviously, very angry with myself. In the huge kitchen where I had found him, with the buzz of busyness all around us, my father favoured me with a long, considering stare. “It is fixable,” he said. “It was an accident.” I tutted in exasperation: “No one was hurt,” he tried; but I twisted away in vexation. He took my arm, turned me towards him, looked at me steadily, and when he had my complete attention said gently, “The only One who never made a mistake died on a tree.” Everything clicked slowly into perspective and I grinned at him sheepishly, “Sorry, Dad!”
We all make mistakes, don’t we? I have had many an occasion to remember this event and to remind myself of, or pass on to others, these wise words. During World War 2 Winston Churchill famously said, “Failure is not fatal!” Linking these two remarks together helps me to handle the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ as Shakespeare so effectively describes life. Yahweh never promised, nor does scripture support, a stress-free life of ease and prosperity for those who follow Yahshua. What our Father does promise, however, is “…I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them.” (Psalm 91: 14-15, NLT) This prophetic psalm has been a source of comfort and strength to millions of people over the centuries and it is no less relevant and dependable in the day in which we live.
Failure is not fatal; mistakes happen; Yahweh will be with us in trouble to rescue and protect us. Ponder and be blessed!