Rachel has been known to steal drinks from anyone’s cup. She often digs through my purse, looking for gum. She likes to try to put random items into my grocery cart.
When I tell her no, ask her to wait, or remind her that item doesn’t belong to her, she has one general response:
“But I like it.”
Well, that’s fine to like it, whatever it is this time, but that doesn’t mean she gets to have it. Now that’s a hard lesson for a three-year-old girl to grasp because it’s a hard lesson at any age.
We see what we like and we want it. Sure, there’s something good about being confident and having desires. But our feelings toward something doesn’t always justify our possession of it.
Sometimes my answer to my girl is about waiting for a better time. Maybe my girl doesn’t need candy right when I’m finishing up dinner, but having a piece of gum after we eat tacos is fine. Perhaps I can give her a drink from my cup, but that doesn’t mean she should swipe a drink of another mom’s sweet tea at soccer practice.
And isn’t that like our timing conflicting with God’s sovereignty? Sometimes the answers to our prayers don’t make sense, but our Father has our best interest at heart because he can see the full picture.
As we draw closer to God, his desire becomes
our desires and our impulsivity slows.
Like I tell her now and will tell her again, God’s in the process of working all things together for the good (Romans 8:28) and finishing what he’s started in us (Phil. 1:6). Now, that doesn’t seem like it applies to whatever little thing my toddler sets her sights on at the moment.
But I’m convinced if I teach her that there’s value on waiting and trusting — even with the little pleasures — then she will believe both God and her mom when it comes to bigger circumstances. Plus when I teach her, God reminds me of those foundational truths on which I’m building my life.
And I sure do like that.