Lessons from a 7-year old

As I hung out with our 7-year old son, he began to express a reasonable degree of frustration on the process of waiting. Our son felt he has waited long enough for the toy he has his heart set on. And according to his world, mom and dad never get what he wants. The answer is ALWAYS not yet or let’s see what the budget looks like. Of course, this isn’t completely true; we typically get our kids what they ask for (of course within reason).

As I tried to reason with a frustrated 7-year old, I placed myself in his shoes and related the conversation to the ones we have with God. Especially the ones we have when we expect something from God that doesn’t show up in an instant. Boy oh boy, how my perspective changed in an instant.

Isn’t it funny how our children’s behavior reveals so much of our character? This was nothing less than convicting. I realized how I react and respond to God’s timing in the same way as our 7-year old. Whenever I feel God is taking too long to manifest what I’m praying for, I tend to struggle with patience.

Sometimes I feel that God doesn’t give me what I ask for in prayer or the request never shows up…especially the BIG things. Oh, and wait there’s more. How about the times when the focus is all about what I want without considering how this affects those around me. Ouch!

God has sent me to the school of patience for some time now. I’ve noticed my writings as of late have been about waiting. In fact, a co-worker shared with me Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” She mentioned how she felt compelled to share this scripture with me.

All I can say is “thank you God for loving me the way you do!” In spite of my impatience, God continues and will always love me unconditionally. He is always patient with me in spite of my moments of impatience. In fact, as I am typing another blogger posted “Wait for the appointed time.” WOW! Look, I’ve realized over the years how God communicates with me. He provides the answer often times right away. All I have to do is open my eyes and heart to receive.

Sometimes I feel like Peter in Luke 5:8 “But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” As I sit complaining, God is working behind the scene on my behalf. God always gives careful thought to what is best for us and what will harm our relationship with Him or others.

As a parent we do the same by weighing the pluses and minuses of decisions about our children. Is this the right toy for my kid? Will they hurt themselves or others playing with this toy? Or perhaps the question is, I’m I spoiling my kids by getting them everything they ask for? Thank you God for reasoning when we are void of reason.

** If anyone would like a special prayer request (Ephesians 6:18) please feel free to email me at sneedtx@verizon.net (your privacy will be honored); I would love to pray for you. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with as well.

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