Frustration equals asking a child to do…well, anything. At least anything not involving what they want to do. You’re either ignored or receive the blankest of blank stares. Or, and this is my favorite, they stare you in the eye and say, “No!”. (If you haven’t experienced this, it’s coming.)
Why do they do this?
They’re not ready. They’re not ready to submit to authority. They’re not ready to give control. They’re not ready to be obedient. They’re not even ready to be compliant.
It’s not as though they’re not loved. It’s said and shown to them over and over. But in that moment, do they feel it? Embrace it? Does it overwhelm them to obedience?(*Limited appreciation due to lack of understanding of the depth of love may be at work as well. Turn up the grace.)
No, clearly not.
But then, they’re not ready to listen. More so, they’re not ready to hear. Hearing may lead to a crack in the facade. A sign of weakness of Self. No way they’ll let you “win”.
But don’t we do this to God?
Are we ready to go when He says go?
Are we ready to go where He says go?
Are we ready to sacrifice what must be sacrificed?
And it may be the simplest of things. He may be calling us to spend more time with Him. In prayer and meditating on His Word.
But we say no.
Not with our speech, but with our actions. Autoplay delivers the next episode in this binge session…
We’re not ready. Because like the child we don’t fully understand the depth of His love. Not enough to fully trust. No enough to feel safe despite being scared. Not enough to be obedient. Even in the small things.
But how we desire to be used in big way! To do something sensational for the kingdom!
In Exodus 3, Moses investigated this curious, burning bush. Why was it not consumed? He went in for a closer look.
When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” – Exodus 3:4 (NIV)
Here. I. Am. And God used Him to free the Israelites from Egypt. Moses was ready.