“Noooo, you wouldn’t!”
What does one do with a stubborn unbelieving three-year old?
As DD and I settle down for bedtime, I can still hear our son echoing the irritating refrain he’s carried all day long as he now challenges his father’s instruction to brush teeth first as a pre-requisite to a bedtime story.
And I breathe a sigh of respite, somewhat relieved that it’s DH handling him and not me, because that same little boy has been issuing me and his sister the same challenge all day for the past couple of weeks.
“I WILL read you a story AFTER you brush your teeth. Don’t you trust that daddy and mummy will be true to our word, especially when you know we always carry out what we say we will do?!”
And then right there, in the stillness, in the darkness – it hits me.
“No, you wouldn’t!”.
In spite of a track record of miracles, open doors and promises written in black and white, in His Word.
Now. I think I’ve done enough time on the daily journey with God to know better than to challenge Him outright.
But the murmured “can-we-be-sure”s. The just-in-case Plan B’s which are really more Plan A’s subjugating His plan to the background.
The not outright but subtly positioned “No you wouldn’t”s that would grieve His spirit equally if not more. The dissenting voice of unbelief, masking itself on the surface as an “I believe” while really charting its own course.
Really, that’s me challenging His faithfulness as well. That’s me in the shoes of my little boy with the furrowed brow, stubbornly delivering the same refrain and frustration to my Father.
And we who require of our son to trust and obey the word of his earthly, fallible parents, should we not also trust and obey in our divine Heavenly and infallible Father? Even more fully so…?
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” ~ Hebrews 11:6