Posted by: Michael | June 27, 2017

Like a Small Child

“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.”  Jeremiah 29:11

If you have children or if you have been around them or have even seen them on TV you will understand.  The little one grabs the crayon and begins to color on the wall.  Maybe they grab a tube of paint and start their masterpiece on the living room carpet.  Their faces bright with excitement at their greatest creation.

We as the parent walk upon the budding artist in the midst of their greatest moment.  We very quickly display what could be called righteous anger.  We take the tools of the trade from their hands and begin to explain why that this is not such a good idea.  The little one looks up at us with tears in their eyes….and so starts the Crying/Fit/Tantrum.   But…I want to do it.  I don’t understand why…it is a thing of beauty…but this makes me feel so good!   How can you do this!

I am that child!  How many times in my life do I say:  But I want that new car!  I want that new job!  Is it really a sinful pleasure if we only do it once!   Each time the Father gently reaches down and takes away the toy.    We look up at him and our eyes begin to fill with tears…..  and so starts the Crying/Fit/Tantrum.   But…I want to do it.  I don’t understand why…it is a think of beauty….But this makes me feel so good!.  How can you do this.

It is so hard for me to remember sometimes that the Father has us in his loving hands.  That he knows what is best.  I often have that child like desire to want to do what I feel is right or brings me the greatest pleasure.  The struggle is real to remember:

“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 a hope and a future.”


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