Do we fight AGAINST God and difficult people?
Or do we fight FOR God by loving difficult people?
As moms, we probably have more influence over our children than does anyone else in their lives. They are watching every decision we make and using us as their models in life. Which of the above lifestyles would you rather they emulate?
"I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me." -Proverbs 8:17
Have you ever played Hide and Seek with your children? I remember playing with my three. I would count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 99, 100! They would be scurrying around to find that perfect hiding place that they just knew I could NEVER find them in. Inevitably though, I could hear that rustle of clothes in the closet or that faint little giggle. “Are they here? No. How about here? No. My goodness where can they be?” Then as I jerked open the linen closet there that precious little one would be giggling so wonderfully! I can just hear them. I bet some great memories are coming to you right now of you and your parents or grandparents playing that same game. Wasn’t it so much fun!
Now consider this:
“The point of Hide and Seek is not to stay lost but to be found. God wants us to seek him strongly. He wants us to find Him.”
-Ernest Smith (frontrangechurch.org)
Ernest made the point that our Father in Heaven doesn’t want to be mysterious and hidden. He wants us to find Him and experience all the love and joy He has for us. He even wants to hear our giggles! He wants this so much that He gave us a book of directions and ways that we can go about finding Him. The only stipulation is that we have to intentionally decide to seek Him. He won’t force us to look for Him, but He certainly hopes we will.
Moms, I challenge you to play a game of Hide and Seek with your children or grandchildren this week. While counting to 100 and listening for those sweet little giggles, think about how much God wants us to find Him as well. He so desperately wants us to open the door to discover His nature and His character in all its glory. Try committing to make your next step in the New Year one that puts you closer to doing just that. It can start with the simple act of just opening a book.
Walking the road with you,
(Thanks to Ernest Smith for words that really hit home)
Greg and I have been blessed with the most precious little granddaughter. At eleven months, she is the apple of our eye and pure joy in our hearts.
As I was looking after her a few weeks ago, I realized that as cute as she is there’s a strong-willed little person behind that precious face. Changing a diaper through the twists and contortions that a nearly one year old can make is quite a feat. She wanted the toy she saw in the distance, then she wanted the photos that hang on her wall, then she just got exacerbated and wanted me to be finished!
Truth be told, I wanted to be finished too. I don’t like to see her unhappy and she was getting that way fast! If she could have only realized that if she would be still we would be done in a flash. All of this thrashing about was only prolonging the inevitable! We were going to change this stinky diaper one way or another. After all what’s the alternative? Well, she could stay in the mess, get diaper rash, have mom and dad question my adeptness at taking care of their precious baby girl. (Not a chance of letting that happen! I want to continue babysitting!) So with a forearm against her chest, a leg braced against the furniture, and my tongue hanging out we finally closed the last tab on that Pamper. (Well, maybe I exaggerated a little but you get the picture.)
Do you think God ever feels that way about us? Does He ever look down on us from that place of authority and love and say “Girl, what are you doing! You are looking at the short term uncomfortable situation and resisting at every turn. Don’t you realize I know the plan? Don’t you realize if you don’t go through this inconvenient and difficult time now you won’t see the joy I have for you later? Trust me, I know best for you in this moment. I’m only allowing it because I know the end result. I’m allowing it because I love you. Yes, that’s right. The loan falling through for that new car is to teach you contentment doesn’t come through ‘stuff’. Trouble in your marriage is because I want you to pull close to me in your pain. The cancer diagnosis, although I did not bring it to you will teach you compassion and wisdom for others in similar situations as yours. I want you to be able to mentor them from a ‘been there, done that’ perspective. Having a wayward teenager is to show you no matter how perfectly you think YOU parent them, outside forces are still at work in the world. Yet nothing happens without my full knowledge of it. I knew all of this would happen. I even knew you would fight against me as I tried to guide you through it with the best of parental intentions. I knew you wouldn’t understand right away but I took that chance. I took the chance that you might turn away from me. I took the chance you would say you didn’t love me anymore. I took the chance because as much as that would hurt me, seeing you miss out on the molding and pruning and growth would hurt me more. I’ll wait until you stop thrashing. I’ll wait so I can pick up the broken pieces and put you back together stronger in ME than you have ever been. I’ll just wait….”
I hate to admit that frequently when I am in the middle of struggles and hurts, I’m like little Harper just tensing my neck and thrashing about trying to get out of the situation all by myself. I become like a viper ready to attack. That's an ugly picture but it's true. It’s hard to see that through the anger, hurt, and pain that my Father stands close by patiently waiting for me to relax my muscles and give up the fight. But goodness, if I could see that sooner I would sure sail “around” some heartache instead of right through the middle! That’s not what He wants though. He wants growth from us. He wants growth toward trusting a Father who would never let us fall without being there to hold us and guide us when we finally looked up… when we realized the last diaper tab has been fastened and the difficulty was over. He wants us to realize that we have traveled through the hard stuff and am better for having faced it hand-in-hand with our Father.
Traveling the road with you,
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