I love word pictures. Here’s one of my favorites. Ever see a kid in the checkout lane at a grocery store pitch a fit because they want some candy. They scream and cry and writhe and manipulate to get their parent to give them what they want. Of course the wise parent will not give in. Why? Because they don’t want to reward their child for bad behavior thereby teaching them that what they did is an acceptable way to get what they want.
If the parent is really on their game they will talk to the child about what happened and explain when or how to ask for candy. The child may or may not get candy every time they leave the store, but I think we can all agree that the fit pitching should not be encouraged.
And yet sometimes this is how we treat God, or at least how I act on occasion.
Sometimes I think I deserve more than I have. Sometimes I just want something really bad and I want it right now. Sometimes I just think I know what is best or what is right. Sounds crazy when I say it straight up like that, but when I boil it down and really get to the core of what is tripping my trigger it is often something as childish as one of the “sometimes…” listed above. What if God is just being a good parent? What if He sat down and talked to me and helped me learn how to ask well – what would He say?
I think there are plenty of times He wants to give us stuff but He just can’t reward the way we are asking. He is much more interested in our character than our comfort.
God wants to meet us where we are at, but possibly not in the way we imagine. Psalm 131:2 says, “But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.” A weaned child has stopped nursing, stopped crying for someone else to stop everything and take care of them. This weaned child has learned to enjoy the presence of their mother without demands.
I would like to say I came to that place where I always live in contentment, but alas I find myself still human. I have, however, found a great love for centering myself in Him and just being quiet and content in His presence. It feels a lot better than pitching a fit.
How about you – are you upset about something? He wants you to be centered in Him, to trust Him, to wait on Him… He IS there for you. If you still yourself you may find He is holding you.