Our three-year-old loves his bike. LOVES his bike. It is not abnormal to find him wheeling around at 8:00 am after breakfast. He’s had stitches already due to his bike and currently has a skinned knee from a wreck.. but that does not hinder his zeal for his bike. It is quite entertaining, and to a certain degree nerve-racking, to watch him zip around – no training wheels… no, we ditched those at the beginning of the summer because his 3 older brothers don’t have training wheels… so why would he need them…?
Although we remind the boys to pick up their things at the end of the day, It’s not an uncommon scene to see a bike or two hanging out in our driveway. Saturday night was no exception – there it was the 12” Lighting McQueen Huffy sitting about 5 feet from the end of the driveway. I saw it before it got dark and thought, “I should pick that up”, but the evening progressed and we lost sight of things outside as the evening swallowed them with its inevitable darkness.
Somewhere between 9:00 pm Saturday and 6:30 am Sunday someone decided they needed that 12” Lighting McQueen Huffy more than my three-year-old. And I’ll be honest I was mad. Mad because someone took something from my property. Mad because I could see my son searching and searching for his bike. He looked in the shed, all over the yard, in the garage.. he just kept looking asking “where is my bike?”.
In that moment – at the end of the driveway – I realized to a greater degree the heart of The Father restoring to me/us what was lost. What the Devil steals, kills and destroys The Father’s desire is to restore in full. Right then he restored to me joy… I forgave the bike thief and I am grateful for the reminder:
John 10:10 (ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
I was ready in that moment to drive across town and buy my son a NEW bike – to restore to him what was stolen – to see his joy again.
God restores. He creates and he restores. That’s what he does.. he does it with compassion and that his name might be magnified.