“Mummy, I want to paint a car”, Nathan said. So I picked a clean sheet and a pen and drew a cute car for him to paint. Sure enough, he painted the entire car red, except for the tires which were blue and green. It was a beautiful painting.
Then he returned. “Mummy, I want to paste it on the wall”. At this point, thinking his dad should enjoy some of this experience, I replied “Mummy will cut it out for you, and daddy will paste it on the wall when he returns”. He agreed. I took out a pair of scissors and did my part, after which I offered to keep it safe for him until his dad returned. “NO MUMMY!” was his sharp response. “I want to keep it by myself”. I told him if it wasn’t properly kept, it could get destroyed before daddy returned, but he insisted, so I let him have his way.
Soon enough, Anna the destroyer arrived. She yanked the painted car from Nathan and he screamed, “Anna give meeee” Anna just stared at him, many ideas running through her mind on how she would treat this particular paper shredding project. I rushed to her and carefully freed the car from her firm grip. Relieved, I made another offer to Nathan and this time he agreed. I kept his car safe until daddy returned and pasted it on the wall, of course, beyond Anna’s reach.
I wondered about the number of times we say the same thing to God. “No Lord, I will keep it by myself…” We forget it was He who made it possible for us to have it in the first place and He alone has all the power to preserve the gifts He gave us. His word says it plainly – “Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” – 1 Peter 5:7.
So, when next God makes you an offer, just accept it.
Written: April 17, 2012