My two year old has recently decided that it might be a good idea if she took over management of her life. From dressing to doing, she’s hit an independent streak that has me praying new prayers for her and for myself. Read on for a challenge to release a bit of your own independence…
When I’m in one of my more patient moods, my little girl’s attempts to RULE THE ROOST are actually quite humorous.
- When I’m pushing the stroller or driving the car, she decidedly points her finger in one direction and says, ‘GO THIS WAY.’ Or she’ll say, ‘DON’T GO THAT WAY. I DON’T WANT TO GO THAT WAY.’
- When we’re home and her cabin fever is breaking 100, she tries with all her might to GET OUT THE DOOR, even when I’m not yet ready. She’s sure it’s okay to go an adventure even if I’m not able to join her.
- And of course, when we’re out and about and having fun, she’s rarely ready to go at the same time that I am. Left to her own vices, she’ll stomp her feet and PROTEST THE DEPARTURE, certain that she’s in charge.
Though I’m sure my child is ‘above average’ (grin), I know she doesn’t have the capacities she imagines herself to possess at this point.
- She thinks she knows the right way to go, but she’s directing us towards a dead end.
- She thinks she can play outside of the house alone, but she’s not aware of the dangers of passing cars and those treacherous neighborhood cats!
- She’s sure that she can decide when it’s time to leave, but she can’t yet ride a tricycle much less drive herself home when she’s ready.
Who’s the Boss? Me or God?
I’m thankful that God’s patient days are more predictable than mine…as I’m sure He’s needed much longsuffering to listen to all my tantrums and stubborn replies. He must wonder at my determination to go where I want, be by myself, and stay as long as I choose. All the while knowing that I have no idea where I am, I’m in great danger when I’m alone, and I certainly can’t find my way home.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
As I work with my daughter to enjoy the ride I take her on, to only go out when I say it’s okay, and to be ready to leave when I say, ‘Let’s go,’…as I teach her these lessons, I’m praying this prayer for myself, pray it with me if you find yourself thinking you might manage your life a little better than God these days
Lord, humble me as I see the vulnerability of my little children. As I fear for their safety or long for their compliance, help me to remember the eternal dangers that accompany a life apart from you. Teach me to love the direction that you give my life. Help me to wait on you when I’m eager to take a step forward. Give me hands that hold even the best things loosely so that when you say, ‘Let’s Go,’ I can say, ‘Yes, Daddy.’ In the name of Jesus-the Son who always listened to His Father’s voice, AMEN.