Today’s Scripture…The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. Proverbs 10:8
Thoughts for Today…It always happens sooner or later.
It happened to our kids, I’m sure it’s happened to your kids.
As most of you know by now, our son Jarod and his wife Sarah spent a little over two years in Africa while serving in the Peace Corps. The longer they were gone, the more I found myself missing them and thinking about them. I even had dreams about me and Jarod fishing, doing father and son things together that I missed so much.
I also found myself going back and remembering fond memories of when Jarod was just a toddler. First of all I have to tell you he was the cutest little boy ever to bless a home…(just in case your reading this son, you still are). My little boy…my son…my little man…my boy…anyway you get the picture. Jarod had been cautioned and had been instructed by his mommy and me OVER and OVER and OVER again to not stand on things, not to climb on things.
The little guy was a climber. He loved to climb on anything he could find. And we had warned him repeatedly that if he continued to climb on top of things he was going to get hurt. We would catch him standing on things from time to time and we would pull him off and warn him. And I am sure that he was thinking in his small mind…
…”I haven’t fallen yet, so what’s the big deal.”
I can assure you, he’s not thinking that anymore.
Jarod had a baby rocking chair that he loved, but he loved to stand up in it and rock back and forth. We warned him. We cautioned him. We instructed him that if he continued to stand in that chair, he was going to fall and get hurt. Well, it happened. Penny looked up and saw him standing in his rocking chair and was about to head for him for his usual warning when he went down. Hard! Hard enough to scare the daylights out of both of us.
He cried…we cried…
He busted his head pretty good. A trip to the hospital, and six or seven stitches later he had learned a very hard lesson. (I’m telling you the truth, it hurts the parents JUST as much — maybe even more!)
And after we calmed him down (and us) we whispered lovingly to him, “That’s why mommy and daddy tell you not to climb on things. We don’t want you to get hurt.”
As I thought about him hurting himself today, I remembered again how our Father in Heaven warns us against certain things, just as we warned Jarod against climbing.
Over and over and over again He tells us not to do things in His Word and through His Holy Spirit. And, despite this, we sometimes do it anyway, don’t we?
And maybe the first time or two we “get away with it.” Or, so we think. We figure it hasn’t hurt us yet, so what’s the big deal. And we keep going.
As the Father watches, cringing at our every move, He sees it happen. We take a fall. We bust our head. We hurt ourselves because we disobeyed what He warned us about.
And in an instant He is there. Picking us up. Holding us close. Feeling our pain as if it is His own. Yes, He cries when we cry. I’m sure of it. He’s a Father. And I’m convinced of this. I’m convinced if we will but listen through our sobs and cries that we’ll hear Him gently and lovingly whisper to us, “That’s why I told you not to do that. I didn’t want you to hurt yourself.”
You see, God’s instructions aren’t intended to take the fun out of our lives or to restrict us from doing what we want. He only has our best interest in mind and wants to keep us from harm’s path.
Friend, what about you? Is there something in your life that you know (and you DO know) you shouldn’t be doing? Maybe it’s something God has specifically said “don’t do” in His Word. Or, perhaps it’s some prompting from the Holy Spirit.
Will you keep climbing until you bust your head?
Or will you learn a lesson from our little one and listen to your Father?
Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
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