Do you remember the kicking and screaming days, either yours or a child’s? I remember not wanting to switch activities when I was little. I might not have kicked and screamed, but inside I was grumbling and complaining. At the end of the day I didn’t want to quit playing to take a bath. When I was having fun in the tub with bubbles and toys, I didn’t want to head to bed. Once I was asleep under my cozy quilt, I didn’t want to get up in the morning. Such a trouble I had with transitions!
I still struggle with change. When God called me to home school our kids, I went into it “kicking and screaming” in my mind. I loved school and teaching and all the fun things that went with it — school plays, bulletin boards, and learning centers. But God showed me the joys of home school were even more — time with our children, stories on the sofa, and field trips as a family.
With each move our family makes, I complain about packing boxes. When the Lord sent us to a church camp way up in the mountains of Montana, I cried and wanted to go back to the flatlands of Iowa. Now after 11 years He could be calling us to another home, and I cry and don’t want to go. I am still a kicker and screamer inside. However, I will do what Jesus says.
This reminds me of a parable Jesus told about two sons.
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
“The first,” they answered. Matthew 21:28-31 (NIV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Let’s be like that first son and do the will of the Father, even if we kick and scream on the way. Perhaps with much practice we’ll learn to trust and obey when He first calls us.
But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14 (NKJV)