My Giant Robot
So this was my treasured childhood memory…
Finally found a video clip that resembles… or remotely resembles a cartoon that I used to love and enjoy as a kid. In a dusty corner of my memory bank, there was this fantastic giant robot that had fascinated me with his power and reduced me to tears with his courage and sacrifice.
Now, the video clip has reduced me to tears with its corniness and incredulity.
My childhood hero, the Giant Robot, is now a sad artefact of a bygone era and outdated technology.
I was able to spend time with my parents recently and took the opportunity to clarify some of my vague memories of events in the past and of anecdotes imparted by my aunt. There were the simple things like whether my Mum had sewn my little bolster and pillow (no, my aunt did) or whether my grandfather had actually built air raid shelters during the Second World War (no, he didn’t).
In turn, my Mum was more than happy to tell me more about her story, Dad’s story, their stories and other things.
I am not sure about others, but there had been things in the past which affected my relationship with my parents. It’s unfortunate, but inaccurate memories or understanding could cloud our judgment and affect our responses towards people and things. It wasn’t like there was great hostility and animosity between my parents and I. But there was definitely a lack of understanding and intimacy.
After a heart-to-heart talk (or more so, allowing my Mum to pour out her pent-up unhappiness and frustrations), I wish I could turn back time and make things better. I wish that I hadn’t judged that it was abandonment when they decided to put me in the care of my aunt (this arrangement actually turned out for the best as I was led to the Lord and spiritually nurtured by my cousins, Paul and Susan).
When we begin to clear our vision that has been fogged by hurts and unforgiveness, we will begin to see with new eyes a different perspective of people and situations. There is a fresh understanding of where the other party is coming from, why they are behaving in certain ways, and how they are reacting to situations. We will also be able to take a long hard look inwardly to spot the calluses of a hardened heart and closed up mind. We will then know that we are very much like the people whom we dislike, despise or detest. Yet God forgives us… and who are we not to forgive?
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12 to 14
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
James 1:19 to 20
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
1 John 1:19 to 21
My parents are no longer that Giant Robot memory of the past. But may the giants of the past, that are blocking the way to our future in God, be slayed and laid to rest instead!