When Zay, our little “late bloomer” of all things physical, finally learned to crawl he seemed determined to enjoy his new-found mobility to the fullest. One day as he was exploring some previously uncharted territory he took off – crawling across the room as fast as his chubby little limbs would propel him. It was obvious he had a very specific target.
And it didn’t take me long to realize that target was the long, black cord hanging over the edge of an ironing board.
Up to this point, his limited life experience had taught him that all the world was designed for his entertainment…
When he’d pull the string on one of his toys he’d be greeted with funny noises.
There were always cute little things hanging from his car seat or bouncy seat and managing to grab one of those was always lots of fun.
Of course, he would assume that reaching the long, black cord in this instance would be no different.
But I could see what he could not.
I knew that the cord that enticed him was attached to a heavy, metal iron. Pulling this cord would bring, at the very least, unpleasant results. Some lessons are best learned the hard way. This was not one of those lessons. I quickly stepped in, rerouting him to safety before he ever even knew there was a risk. He was not at all happy with me and he wasted no time letting me and everyone within earshot know exactly how he felt.
I was okay with that. His safety was more important to me than his approval.
That scenario isn’t exclusive to our family. Almost any time you have a gathering of moms you can be sure someone will have a story of how they rescued a little one from imminent danger “just in time”….
A busy tot’s hand grabbed just before he heads across a busy street to get to the playground…
A curious little one scooped up just before she reaches the hot fire place…
And, because our sweet little kiddos don’t yet have the ability to comprehend the danger, they only feel the loss of what they hoped to achieve. Therefore, most of those stories usually include the melt-down the child had as a result of not being able to carry out their plans. And that’s okay. As moms, we love ‘em enough to tell ‘em “No.”
This same principle can be applied to our grown-up pursuits.
If we’re in a relationship with our heavenly Father, don’t you think He’s watching out for us too? Can’t we trust that He loves us infinitely more than we could ever conceive? Maybe the “No” we’re hearing has a purpose beyond what we’re able to fathom.
God certainly has a better vantage point than we do. He’s well able to look beyond what we can see and we can trust that a “No” from Him is in our best interest.
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