“I want a “big girl” cup…I don’t want a lid…Not a green straw…I wanna make the chocolate milk…I want a pink fork…I want to pour the syrup…Not a little bit of syrup…I want a lot of syrup…Hold me…I want to sit on your lap…”
This is a “conversation” my 3-year-old had with me one morning. Within 5 minutes of preparing her breakfast, she had already begun whining and making demands–10, to be exact. Needless to say, it was an unpleasant way to start the day, not to mention exhausting – and that was just 1 out of 3 of my children.
The irony is that without the grumbling, the outcome would have been the same – a warm, toasted waffle drizzled with sweet syrup & a cold cup of chocolate milk. It would have been so much nicer had my daughter taken a seat at the table, waited patiently, and then smiled and said, “Thank you, Mother”. But let’s face it. This is real life and the reality is that 3-year-olds are egocentric. “I want that!”, “I want to do it myself!”, and “No, not that!” are phrases often heard by parents of little ones.
God is masterful in His design of young children. I believe He uses our relationship with our children as an example for us of our relationship with Him. How often do we grumble and complain when He’s patiently preparing something good for us?
“I want that _____!”
“No, not that_____!”
“I want to do it my way!”
Often times we’re too busy whining and complaining to wait patiently for the good things He has in store for us. Maybe it would do us some good to learn from our children. You can learn something from any one, even if it’s what NOT to do.
While we’re learning from our children, let’s also learn from God’s children, the Israelites. They turned what could have been a 2-week journey to the Promised Land into 40 years of wandering in the dessert. Why? Because they were consumed by their grumbling and unbelief.
Let’s not waste time. Let’s not wander aimlessly. God is preparing something good for you. You just need to wait, be patient, and (when God says the time is right) say, “Thank you, Father.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
In the mean time, find contentment where you are. There’s a reason you are where you are, doing what you’re doing–even if it is just feeding the hungry bellies God has placed in your care.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
Have you been resisting God’s plans for you? Maybe it’s time to stop trying to do things your way, and instead start trusting His way. Ask Him to help you release (fill in the blank) to Him. Ask Him to increase your faith in your current situation.
Are you wandering in the dessert? Trust God through this difficult season. He is with you and will see you through. Ask Him, daily, to draw you near to Him. Cling to His promises. Write them on your bathroom mirror. Tape them above the kitchen sink. Bathe yourself in His Truth until it becomes reality for you.
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