Kids are hilarious. Truly. An absolute riot and a joy. Especially when you aren't frustrated with them after you've had to tell them for the 4th, 5th and 10th time to do something or simply settle down. Such moments aside, worth every smile.
Mine are adamant to remind me, especially when I call them by a nickname rather than their given name or I round up their age to the next birthday.... "That's not my name!!! I'm..." Conversely, something to the effect of, "Dad, I'm not that old; I'm only..."
It got me thinking... the human tendency to project our attitudes and behaviors upon God, as Almighty Father; Abba... Daddy. Which He is, all the aforementioned.
Yet, does He look at us...
What part of what I said didn't you hear?
What part of what I asked of you didn't you comprehend?
What part of my instructions were unclear?
What part of my answer has you confused?
and my personal favorite...
What part of NO didn't you understand? The N or the O?
A complex simplicity exists in the realm of faith. We are to have faith... like the trust of a child.
Yet, as we grow in God, as we walk with the Lord; there is a maturing process of our understanding of kingdom principles and workings of God's economy. The eternal purpose for which we live out in this earthly life.
We trust and seek God daily. Yet the world is full of smart, capable people. They are wise and competent. And living the life of faith. And it's so easy to step into our own and neglect seeking God. Which is usually about the time we have a conversation with God. Reminding Him of who we think we are. And Him bringing us back to reality. Of who we are in Him.
Like kids, who don't want what's good for them, neither do humans. We think we do, based on what the world has to offer; but that is 2nd, 3rd and 4th rate compared to the glories of heaven and the sovereign will of God as it unfolds here on earth. If only we knew what we were passing up by forcing to live life our way, as opposed to God's.
Pray, this #youthPastorWednesday, in a day when childhood isn't nearly as simple, nor stable as what it used to be... in a time when parenthood isn't as straightforward as it used to be... as these things conspire to bring new challenges to the church and faith; may their be a drawing of hearts back to God. Pray a sensitivity of young people towards the things of God. Pray for pastors, to properly instill and encourage the faith and spiritual lives of the kids they minister too. Pray, as they grow in their relationship with Christ, they will retain the child-like faith, that simply trusts as all kids do... Daddy can do it. Daddy has it. Daddy will fix it. Daddy will take care of it. Daddy knows the answer. Daddy will always love me.
Abba, Father God. Of which all the aforementioned "Daddy"statements are true.
May we all respond as my youngest does multiple times a day... "I miss you Daddy".
Children of God. Mature in their faith. Simple in their trust. For His glory and honor.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.