Abby’s new objective in life is to tickle me. She sneaks up on me when I am washing the dishes, sleeping, or eating. Nothing is off limits for her. And the more I try to persuade her that it is not a good idea to tickle a person when they are eating, the bigger her giggle fit becomes.
And normally, I would consider her disregard of my words as disobedience. But somehow, it is hard to believe that tickling should get her in trouble.
But then, she tickled Leesy at the dinner table. And she knew by my tone of voice that I was serious. DO NOT TICKLE SOMEONE WHEN THEY ARE EATING!!
Sometimes, ignorance causes us to not fully understand the consequences of an action. She totally didn’t comprehend that her silly game of tickling could choke someone. She needed me to put that limit in place for her.
Just as God puts limits in my life. I can’t always understand why or the consequences of defying Him.
I just have to trust Him.
And it’s not always a specific directive from His word. Sometimes God is directing me. Prompting something specific in my heart. And I chose to ignore it.
Like all the times I should have used precious moments to teach my children truths about Him. Or given groceries to the homeless. Or volunteered to mentor the less fortunate. Or given money to someone who needed it more than us.
And I passed the opportunity.
I did not trust God. I missed something beautiful.
Because every time I trust Him, He works gracefully, beautifully, and wonderfully. Like when I married my husband.
Rationally, it didn’t make sense. We were still in college with a couple years to go. We had no steady job. In fact, we had no job immediately following our honeymoon. We were young.
But God was in charge of this decision. And He has built a beautiful marriage – full of His grace. And He has given me the honor of growing up with a man who was once a young, reactive guy into a Godly, strong man who imperfectly, but desperately, loves His wife and children.
And definitely Wonderful.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. Psalm 119:2 NIV