Two Little Six-year-old Boys

Caleb and NoahSo, my 6-year-old nephew, Caleb, and his best friend, Noah, were being driven home from school by Noah’s mother, Tamara, when the following conversation occurred.

CALEB:  Why was Jordan taken out of class today?

NOAH:  He used The “S” word.

CALEB (thoughtful):  Which one?

NOAH (whispered):  Stupid!

CALEB:  Oh.

NOAH:  What’s the other “S” word?

(Tamara perked up her ears here to see what the pastor’s son would say).

CALEB:  Sexy!  But I didn’t really get that.  I don’t even know what it means.

NOAH:  Oh, I know what it means…

CALEB:  What?

NOAH (whispered):  Flexible!

Tamara, of course, was trying hard not to laugh herself silly in the front seat of the van!

Some times I wonder if God feels like Tamara when He listens to us.  Granted, He already knows what we are going to say, but sometimes I think He must laugh hysterically at us.  You’ve seen the bumper sticker, WE PLAN, GOD LAUGHS?

There are times in the past that the things that I’ve prayed for were so silly when I compare them to God’s handling of the situation.  I have such a limited view of the power of God at times.  Like my good friend Mandie said to me one day, “Mary, you’ve got to take God out of the box!”

But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9

God has the unlimited ability to bless us.  We are like 6-year-olds in the back of the van talking of things we don’t know about.  We need to pray that he would allow us to trust Him when we don’t understand, the ability to hear Him to seek His will, and the ability to step out in faith, like Peter stepped out of the boat onto the crashing waves (Matthew 14:22 – 33).

13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:13, 14  NIV

We need to work hard towards spiritual maturity!  I’ll keep you up to date!

You vs God

“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”
–C.S. Lewis

I stumbled across this quote from my favorite earthly author and I had to stop and think about it a bit. Not only does it suggest different attitudes that humans have, but it also emphasizes the idea of free will that God has given us.

What a risk!  Knowing humankind, God decided to let us CHOOSE to follow Him or not!  Insane is what I would say…except that, knowing a bit about God, He wants willing followers not automatons.  He wants a child who understands that He has our best interests at heart, that He loves us deeply and wants us to be the best we can be, to love Him because He first loved us.

You would think that it would be hard for God to say, “All right, then, have it your way” considering what He has done in giving up His true Son for us.  And yet, to Him it would seem to be worth it for that one child who will say, “Thy will be done.”

I find this gift of free choice a bit hard to understand.  It makes it hard for us–weak, fickle creatures who have the chance to dictate our destiny.  But I guess it forces us to find that bit of Godliness that He has placed inside us to give us the strength and wisdom to make that choice.

But, on the other hand, there is so much that God offers us you can only wonder how we can want our own way.  We must have to work so hard to ignore all that God has to offer us–freedom, protection, unconditional love, friendship, wisdom, joy, power, purpose, contentment, peace…

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.” Isaiah 6:9b,10 NIV

How sad for us that we would give up the chance to see, to hear, just to have “our own way”, which usually doesn’t end well…

But for God to have a weak fickle creature recognize his Lordship and of our own choice decide to follow Him–that is a true miracle, one that showcases God’s great love for us and His enabling power in our lives.

We really do have an amazing God, who walks with us and calls to us, who gave His own Son before we even knew Him.  That He would have done such things just for the  chance that one of us would say, “Thy will be done.”