Have you ever experienced
one of those moments that turned out to be a lesson from our Heavenly
happened to me. My almost four-year-old son, Max, and I were home
alone and he decided he would like to have an apple. I retrieved
a knife from the kitchen with the intention of peeling the apple.
Max had his own plan. He found a small two-inch saw tooth knife
and announced he would peel the apple. I tried to take it away
from him but he escaped my grasp.
Next I attempted
to reason with him explaining that he didn*t
know how to peel the apple and he might cut himself I reminded
him how he disliked the sight of blood. He was not to be persuaded.
He loudly announced that he did know how to peel and he would
not cut himself.
We were at an
impasse. I rationalized that I was watching him and if he did
cut himself it would only be a scratch and he just might learn
Max did, knife
in hand, screaming "I can do that myself." He lets us go because
He has given us free will. He does not force His goodness on us.
We must choose to follow our Father*s
advice or seek His guidance in a decision we are facing. A child
who refuses to listen to a parent will pay a penalty. Perhaps
not as immediate as Max did that day. As Christians, if we act
independently against the advice of our parent we pay the price
through our misery and heartache. That night sitting on the edge
of his bed as he was going to sleep, I reflected on what had happened
Suddenly I saw
the bigger picture of what had transpired. As our Heavenly Father,
God only wants what is best for His children. He doesn*t like to see us get hurt by foolish
we walk away from His admonitions (the Bible) and the lead of
the Holy Spirit (through our conscience), He allows us to suffer
the consequences of our actions. I can hear Him say, "I*ve
been through that already, let me guide you.
Children have to
learn to distinguish between what leads to independence and what
is foolish. Similarly, we must reach the point in our lives where
we trust our Father, listen to what He says and follow His advice.
It would be less painful for us to listen to God first rather
than run to Him after were bruised and bleeding. Fortunately,
lie is forgiving. When we contritely turn to Him, He encircles
us with His love and gives us the comfort that only a loving Father