Not the easiest…
Not the funnest…
Not the most normal..
Oh our Eli, sweet, joy-full, fun loving Eli. He is such a joy these days. He smiles and belly laughs, he runs and climbs, and he gets his chubby little hands on anything in sight. We are so loving this phase of his development, yet at times we recognize he is a force to be reckoned with. Such as this morning. That little fella is so fast, just as soon as I shooed him off the top of the dining room table, he made his way to the nightstand where he grabbed his daddy’s glasses and broke them in one quick swoop.
We often ask Eli to do things that everything is his little being revolts against. Yet, we ask him to do these things because we know the outcome, we know it is what is best for him now, and in his future.
Sometimes he chooses to listen, and sometimes he chooses to shake his head, and with a grin from ear to ear giggle no, no, no!
Then there are times when he chooses to just go ahead and do what he already decided he would do anyway..as fast as he can so that we just might not stop him.
I often feel like God is asking me to do things that seam a bit off course for what I may have planned. Some things are small little adjustments to the way we think or the way we do life. Some things He asks us to do are obvious to us that we should follow through. Some are things that make others shake there heads at us and ask if we have lost our minds.
I am reminded once again of a verse that was given to us as by a missionary couple in our dining room many years ago,
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Did you catch that? He goes BEFORE us! To prepare and make way for us! And at the same time He will be with us! Through the journey! I just love this verse, we as a family have stood on it several times in the past few years. And now once again, when I find that My Lord is asking me to change some things, and to take a journey with him…..He reminds me once again.
He knows what is best for us now, and what will be best for His plans in our future.
So, if you see me making some choices that maybe go against the grain…or you wonder if I have completely lost my mind….know that I am just trying to listen to and obey my Dear Heavenly Father, who knows what is best, knows the ramifications for all involved. (unlike Eli, who has no idea that he even broke his Dad’s glasses, let alone the mess that makes of our day!)
“The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will”