Padlocks and Keys

Every child knows the legend stories of their parents.  Often these stories are retold by parents to inspire the next generation to wisdom.  Here is a legend story my dad told my siblings and me.   It was told to inspire us to listen to parental instruction and the consequences of ignoring the instructions.  

As a young boy, my dad fell in love with padlocks and keys.  He had a whole box full of them.  He got into a habit of going around the house and the family’s small farm, padlocking everything.  Of course, this irritated my grandfather.  Repeatedly, my grandfather admonished my dad not to padlock doors.  He warned my dad he would get a spanking if this happened again.  But these stern warnings did not stop my dad from continuing to padlock doors.  It all came to a head, one afternoon when my grandfather was in desperate need of an outhouse only to find it padlocked.  It did not take long for grandpa to find my dad.  An old fashion spanking ensued.

To lick his wounds, my dad crawled under the porch and cried.  A short time later, my grandfather, crawled under the porch, snuggled up to my dad, and hugged him.  My dad will never get the caring conversation they had and his father’s love.

I am so glad our Father disciplines us in love when you ignore his instructions.  Listen to what Paul wrote about this, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”  Later he says, “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

The rest of the story?  My dad never again padlocked doors around the place, especially the outhouse