It was some time in the evening on Easter Sunday; I was lying in bed with my three-year-old son reading bedtime stories when from the stairs I heard my husband’s stern voice directed towards my nine-year-old son Bennett. When they entered the room where I was, Bennett began to cry. I inquired of my husband as to why he was crying, to which he replied “he thought it would be a good idea to pour his bubbles out onto the basement floor and skate in them!” To which, Bennett burst out laughing, apparently he, after being punished for it, still thought it was a great idea to skate in the bubbles.
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death”.
I imagine that when my daughter, Lauren (5) and Bennett were down in the basement playing and the thought entered Lauren’s brain to skate with bubbles it was the best idea she’d had to date and Bennett couldn’t agree more! Why not? I can almost feel the silky bubbles on the cool smooth floor under my feet now. To be that free, to laugh and play and do something new, something as grand as bubble skating! They were experiencing fun to the hilt, the desires of their hearts were known to them, nothing could ever mar this pleasure, until, that is their Father darkened the doorway of the basement. At that moment they realized something bad was about to happen, something very, very bad. Maybe the idea wasn’t that great after all.
There are many things that we think would be wonderful for us. There are things that our hearts yearn for. Sometimes we set about getting those things without so much as a thought about asking our Heavenly Father if they are what He wants for us. We’re moving forward, everything seems to be falling into place, but then something shifts and we realize that this thing that we wanted so badly is actually not what we wanted at all. In fact it isn’t good or safe for us and it has now become a source of great pain.
In Lauren & Bennett’s case, though they thought with all their heart that bubble skating was the best thing ever invented, their Father could see the bigger picture: the cost of the bubbles, the time it would take to clean up the mess, the possibility of a slip-and-fall accident. All of which never even crossed the minds of our little bubble-skating champions. Even after being punished, Bennett still laughed at the memory of his bubble capades session, even after knowing that his Father wasn’t pleased he still would have done it over again. Sometimes we can be like that, hard headed, thinking we know what’s best for us. If we refuse to seek the will of our Father, and refuse to yield to his correction then we are setting ourselves up for learning life’s lessons the hard way.
Ask the Father if there are any ways in you that seem right but which the end could be destruction. Talk with Him about how you can make sure that your heart stays tuned in to his will for you. Ask him to help in yielding to his will for you if this is an area of struggle.
Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts”.
After writing this entry I sensed God wanting me to make clear that when he says “no” it’s not for his convenience as with Tom, the kids and the bubble skating incident. He’s not thinking foremost of the mess he’ll have to clean up or the wasted resources, he’s thinking of our good! He made us for a purpose and for his pleasure. He knows all things and sees the big picture. He knows the desires of our hearts; this is why we must trust him.
Psalm 34:8 “O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him”. AMP