The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ offers us a second chance every time we fall. His voice lovingly encourages us, “Go, and sin no more.”
A few months ago, my friend Abby was asked by a couple in her Orem, Utah, congregation to babysit their four kids for a few days while they took a weekend vacation.
One evening after putting the kids to bed, Abby loaded the dishwasher and set it to run overnight. The next morning, she noticed that some water had leaked onto the floor under the dishwasher, so she placed a towel on the ground to soak up the water, and came back a few hours later to check the leak. The towel was soaked. She switched it out with another one.
Later that evening, Abby’s mom and sister stopped by the house and Abby showed them all the water that had leaked onto the towels. With some alarm, they noticed that the wood floor under the dishwasher was starting to warp. Her mom stepped back and looked at the whole kitchen floor. Suddenly, they realized that the wood had warped under much more than just the dishwasher.
Abby, still not understanding why the dishwasher had leaked so much, reached under the sink and pulled out the bottle of liquid she had used to fill up the dishwasher the night before. Sure enough, instead of having used dishwasher detergent, she had used dish soap.
Overwhelmed by the immense damage she had caused to the flooring, and feeling extremely foolish for her mistake, Abby sat down on the warped floor and began to cry.
When she contacted the couple explaining the situation, however, she received a sweet reply: “Abby, there’s nothing that’s not fixable—please don’t waste your tears on a hardwood floor.”
As Abby recounted this experience to me a few days ago, she said:
“In the moment, I thought it was going to cost me my whole life savings to fix this one mistake. But when she forgave me so immediately, it reminded me of the Savior… There’s always a way to fix our wood floors.”
Indeed, my friends, the Savior Jesus Christ has provided a way for us to fix our mistakes and to make our wrongs right again.
We can be forgiven.
We can be made clean.
When our hearts ache, when we languish, and when we feel, as assuredly did the woman taken in adultery, that we cannot bear to face our Maker, His quiet hand will provide the solace that we seek (see Hymns, 129; John 8:1-11).
“…Saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).
May we ever remember that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ offers us a second chance every time we fall. His voice lovingly encourages us, “Go, and sin no more.”
As long as we are willing to follow Him, He will provide the hope that there is always a way to fix our wood floors.