As CJ gets older and our interaction is more logical, I am continually amazed at the similarities between our relationships to the relationship I had with my parents. Granted I don’t remember much from when I was 3 years old, but I now realize so much of what goes on between CJ and myself mirrors things that went on between my me and my parents when I was a similar age. And while that might not be a big surprise, what has been a massive revelation is just how my relationship with CJ mirrors God’s relationship with me.
I noticed this within days of CJ being born. The way I described it then was like this: God is the father that I wish I could be. That if I could take all my best intentions and never make ANY parenting mistakes, if I could completely love cherish and lead my children in the way that was perfect for their development, then that would be the best reflection of God the father that we has humans could comprehend.
Recently I have found myself using the phrase “Because I said so!” more times that I would like to admit. Usually it is just after asking for the nth time for something to be done and receiving another “Why? Answer.
I can’t think of any parent that liked receiving that answer when they were kids, so why is it that we resort to it so easily in our role as parents?
Well the first and most obvious reason in: Frustration! Getting asked ‘why’ enough is just one way that kids drive their parents mad.
Another reason (and I suppose that it is related to frustration) is that, seriously, I wish that my word was enough. I wish my little girl would trust me enough (or just plain be obedient enough) to do what I ask, just because it is me that is asking.
Which brings me full circle to our relationship with God. How many times do we miss out on God’s blessings or miss out on His warnings and get ourselves hurt, because we asked ‘why’ one too many times?
How many times does God wish that His word was enough, that we trust Him enough to do what He asks, just because it is Him who is asking?
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