Isn’t it just simply beautiful when you ask your children to do something and they do it the very FIRST time you ask them to? It’s almost like the seas have parted and angels are singing “Hallelujah!” A miracle has occurred in that very moment. Go ahead..stick a “Best Mom Ever” ribbon on me because my kids are listening!
Sadly, while this does happen on occasion (very rare occasions), it’s usually not the reality in my household.
I feel as if, “Why didn’t you do that the first time I asked you?” has become a part of my daily mom vocabulary. Right on up there with “Are you listening to me?” and “Where are your shoes?” I feel like a robot spouting out the same one liners all of the time to my darling boys. It’s a daily frustration as a Mother and one I don’t always handle with utmost grace. Brady and Eli are used to it and I, in return, am used to their same responses too. Usually these are groans followed by a “Mooommmmm!” It’s the language of parenting. Our reality. Children don’t always magically do everything you ask of them the first time.
Jesus doesn’t always do things the first time we ask Him to either. Of course, His reasons for doing so are far different than our children’s reasons.
Our reactions might be the same though.
We groan. We pout. We wonder why He is not listening to us. Why He can’t do things on our time?
Why can’t He heal us? Why can’t He make it better? Why can’t He fix our lives right away?
It can be hard for us to grasp the reality that we are, in fact, His children. His reasons for doing what He does may never be known to us. They might be the ultimate “Because I said so.” Our job is to simply love and to trust in Jesus with a childlike faith. A faith that can move mountains. A faith that believes whatever He has planned for us is always the best answer.
I only had to ask Brady one time to take a shower this morning and to get dressed. He is ten now, maturing every day and realizing the benefits of doing what is asked of him the first time. Putting our trust in Jesus,even when He doesn’t do the things we would like Him to, means we are maturing as well.
The benefits will always outweigh the pitfalls.
A Father will always know what is best for His children.
Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.