The other day my son went grocery shopping with me which is a huge help for me. He watches his little sister, he is a great gopher and an excellent cart returner. As we finished our grocery shopping adventure I sent him on a task to return the cart, I gave him distinct directions on how to get the cart back to the cart return place, however, in the infinite wisdom of a 11-year-old he thought he could do it his way. What was amusing to me was how my son got the cart stuck between our truck and another vehicle.
“Mom, I can’t get the cart over there. What now?” he asked. “I don’t know, Dear. If you had followed my instructions the first time you would not have found yourself stuck, now would you?” I replied. ,
How many of you have been given very precise directions from God only to think your way will work just fine and then find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place?
I know I have done this on many occasions, and I am certain God gets a little exasperated at me just like I get with my son, the only difference is His voice isn’t as shrieking as mine can be. As we were leaving the parking lot I told him it wouldn’t matter if there was a mile between our car and the next, if I told him to go around and not through there was probably a good reason and he just couldn’t see it.
As those words of wisdom left my lips God tapped me on the shoulder and told me that many times when He has been specific about how I should or should not do something it is because He can see things that I cannot, and He knows what is best.
So from this life lesson as a parent, I hope I can listen to God when he is being a parent. I would prefer to do things the easy way, than my way.