We had a interesting trip away down to the Australian Capitol. It was interesting because it had a mixture of good, bad and ugly.
It took us three hours driving to get to Canberra and we went straight to the Australian War Memorial. There we saw reminders of the good, the bad and the ugly side of humanity. We saw vast displays of technology which again can be used for good, bad and again are just representative of the ugliness of humanity.
The museum contained tanks, submarines, planes, guns, trucks, cannons, uniforms and dioramas of a variety of battle scenes. In no way is war glorified there. While the full horror of war cannot be displayed in a museum, the museum does a good job of displaying the horrors and the heroics of our men and women who have been involved in war.
We also experienced another side of the bad and ugly of humanity. For my oldest son caught a bug which empowered him to perform some of the most powerful vomits one could hear or see and laid him low in night. I wasn’t feeling the best myself and it could be linked to the food we ate from the MacDonald’s we stopped at on the way down. My other son was perfectly ok, and seeing as he had Subway instead of Macca’s, we feel justified in our thoughts about the food.
I have learnt a lot over the years about the father hood of God from my own experience of being a father. My experience of fathering has led me to changing many a messy nappy and cleaning up vomits, while speaking and acting kindly towards my children. There have been the occasions where I have put my children in the shower in the middle of night, while changing their bedding because of sudden bouts of sickness. Those times have seen me place a mattress on the floor beside our bed, where I could keep an eye on them during the night. 4 years or so ago, number two son, suddenly vomited powerfully over a table and on the floor at a pizza restaurant.
In many ways war is humanity vomiting over each other. Just as a person vomits because of a major bodily dysfunction and disagreement, war also is caused because of bodily dysfunction and disagreement. And the result is always a mess: One that stinks, causes heartache, and is unpleasant to clean up afterwards.
Sin in any way shape or form always causes spiritual vomit. It makes a mess of our lives, our communities, our nations and the world we live in. The grace of God is all about God cleaning up our vomit. The grace of Jesus is all about God forgiving us our sins, his blood washing away the stain and the mess of the vomit of sin from us. Cleansing us, renewing us, healing us, transforming us.
And as I washed the bathroom floor and cleaned the toilet of the hotel room and looked after my son on Friday night, I was once again clearly reminded of the grace of our heavenly father who in the same way cleansed and continues to cleanse us from our own vomit of sin.