I learned a lesson recently from my children. Isn’t that always the case? We, as parents think that we have all the info, all the authority, and the best ideas around and then a 5 year old comes in and speaks truth right when we needed to hear it!
Well, my youngest, Shawn, is normally a big eater. He was sick, though, recently and although the rest of us were eating normally, he had to kind of take it slow, eat some easy to digest foods, etc, so that we didn’t see the food come back up right away:). As he is 19 months old, I was not able to reason with him. I gave him a bite here and there of applesauce or bread or something and he stared at the rest of us eating yummy foods like chips and pizza, etc. He kept begging for the food that we had but I could not give it to him and could not explain to him why he couldn’t have it in a way that he would understand.
It dawned on me later that this is exactly how we are with God sometimes. Sometimes I look up at God and wonder “Why can’t I make the big bucks and get all the cool gadgets that I see other people have?” “Why can’t I be a size 6 like that girl?” “Why do I have a gluten sensitivity and have kids with allergies and have to get all of this special food?”
Well it may be that there are perfectly good reasons for all of these things, but I am not capable of understanding them yet. God reminds us:
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 1Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
I also can remember a time when Ethan was younger and he was convinced that bandaids caused all of his pain. He always remembered having a bandaid when he had an “owie”, so he thought the band-aid was the reason he had pain and was deathly afraid of them. No matter what I said he wouldn’t allow me to cover any cuts with bandaids. He had to learn on his own that the “owie” was the reason he needed a bandaid and the bandaid itself was meant for his own good.
Father forgive me for the times that I am stubborn. Forgive me for thinking that your ways are just like mine and that if I can’t have something right now or if I can’t be or do what I want, you must be keeping me from something good. I know that you are good. I know that you always look out for me and that one day I will understand as you do. Remind me of your wisdom, day by day!
Let me know if you have any other parenting insights that you learned from your children! They could be inspirational, or just funny!