You know....how you feel when you try to do things on your own? Without counsel......then you end up upside down, backwards and just awkward all around!
Not that I’m trying to exploit my daughter’s backside here…...most independence is gained through often painful spurts of growth......atleast she's trying right?
She was SO eager to dress herself, but she hadn't asked for the 'how' - so soon after she came to me to show me how well she had put her pants on.….and I just had to smile.
"Turn around," I said.
Her hands went straight for her hips as she waited impatiently.
"Mom, why are my pants itchy?" She asked
Um, well……….(for starters your underwear is upside down and sideways....
--don't giggle mom...this is NOT the time....
It all seemed so familiar.....Haven't you done this before?….jumped in headfirst, wanting to get things going…..DIY-style. Which is fine, we're capable people, but our ways are not God's ways.
In my case, I end up having no idea which way is up, which hole to put my leg into, where my next step will be. All because I dove in without a care, thinking I know what's best for me, trusting my reasoning, and then in the end I am left wondering how I got so messed up along the way....
Oh, I always reach a goal….get the job ‘done.’
But then I notice my pants are backwards and I feel funny.
So I waddle back to God and ask for some assistance. He always has the solution, though it won’t be comfortable….He’s gonna have to start from the beginning….and undo much of what I ‘accomplished.’
That’s fine Lord, I exclaim, “But can we make it snappy.....my pants itch.’
and next time I'll remember better His advice that came through the apostle Paul....in Philippians chapter 4 verses 6-13 he wrote:
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
How grateful I am, and how I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but for a while you didn't have the chance to help me.
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little.
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
But even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
Thanks for caring friends.....all is well....I'm off to go consult the Creator of the universe now
That's just how I (need to) roll.