On Christmas Eve 1992, a couple noticed something at the end of their driveway.
It was a large object wrapped in plastic. Turns out, it was a wicker chair that had been stolen 18 years earlier! Attached to it was a note which read:
“To whom it may concern: Approximately 13 to 17 years ago my husband stole this wicker chair from the porch of this house. I am ashamed of this behaviour and am returning this stolen item. I have since been divorced from my husband and have since been “born again.” My life has completely changed and I want to undo any wrongdoing to the best of my ability… I realize the cowardly fashion in which I am returning this, but the reason is obvious. I will not bother you again. Please forgive us.”
This person had a burden on their heart for many, many years. But that didn’t stop them from doing something about it. They still needed to put something right after all that time.
In Ephesians 4:23 (ESV) Paul tells his readers: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
As I think about that passage I realize that sometimes you’re the one who needs to offer someone forgiveness. But sometimes you’re actually the one who needs it… no matter how much time has passed.
Do you have a burden on your soul? Do you need to put something right? Don’t let the passage of time disuade you.
It’s never too late to right a wrong.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s story is told by Kyle Idleman in his inspiring and helpful little book called “Grace from the Cross.”