It was bed time and I was trying to get two little girls dressed for bed. Ava, our spit fire 3 year old, was determined to wear her tinker bell nightgown this particular evening. Which is all fine and good except that tinker bell night gown is sleeveless and it was 30 degrees outside.
She stammered her foot down with all the passion of a 3 year old that needs some sleep and yelled, “I WANT TINKER-BELL!” Then proceeded to cry as she threw her self on the floor.
Can you picture this scene? She is adamant that the tinker bell night gown is what she “needed” that night. She thought she knew what was best.
As her mother, I try not to bust out laughing at the drama scene. I wait until she is done, then explain why a long sleeve night gown is a better choice. If she is still locked in on the tinker bell, I can let her get her way and freeze all night long, or hold her down kicking and screaming while I put on a warm pajamas.
I wonder how often our heavenly father sees the same scene in my life. I am headstrong and SURE I want one thing, but God always knows better.
Sometimes he lets my bull headed opinions win out and I am stuck with the unpleasant consequences.
But sometimes, as a loving father, he puts up with my kicking and screaming, my impractical arguments and immature reasons. He “dresses me warmly” even when I am too stubborn to realize it is what I need.
Sometimes I realize his good decision and sometimes I don’t, but I am learning more and more His ways are higher than my ways. I just have to have a little faith.
Has this been a familiar scene in your life? What have your children taught you about our Heavenly father?