God's Father-Heart of Love
By Norma Miller
November 1, 2012
We have five beautiful children. Our youngest is a very active, wiggly, nine-month-old little man. I would love to have some of his energy! He could do with a little less, and I with a little more - especially when I am trying to put him to sleep! We have quite the little motions we go through until he is finally sleeping. Often I would simply love to be able to relax and rest, but no, we have to have our wiggles and jiggles, and fights first!
Recently, as he has been teething, the struggles have increased. I often tell him, "Your name means ‘he fights for his people,' not ‘he fights his mama'!"
I have had some conversations with God about this.
"God," I say, "I would LOVE to be able to have some rest."
"Yes, he reminds me of you sometimes," God responds.
"Yes, you," He chuckles.
I sigh. I have all kinds of excuses for this, but I won't bore you with all the details of that conversation, or those conversations, I should say, because they still seem to happen from time to time.
I am quite sure I don't fight God as hard as my little boy fights me....well, I don't THINK I do...do I? I blush. I guess do remember a few times...
It is hard as parents when our children fight us, resist our love, don't understand we are trying to help them. But we often do the same thing to God. We don't honestly believe, deep down, that He has our backs, that He has our best interest in mind, that He wants us to succeed and enjoy an abundant life. And so we lengthen the process by fighting Him. (Kinda like a little girl kicking and screaming as she is over her daddy's knee getting a spanking for being naughty.) You get the picture? As long as we fight, He will need to wait until we are ready to give in before He can work the situation to our benefit.
God's Word tells us in Matthew 7:9-11
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
This verse shows God's heart toward His children. His love is above and beyond what we are capable of or can even imagine.
We are being ridiculous, even ludicrous, to think God doesn't know what He is doing or doesn't know what is best. He is a loving Father, the most loving Father ever. He knows best. He wants us to trust Him and allow Him to surprise us with all the things He wants to do on our behalf. But we need to let go: let go of the reins, let go of control, let go of the need to manipulate our surroundings and those around us, and give Him the control. He is more than capable!
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