“If you would just stop fighting it this would be so much faster and easier!” I pleaded with my toddler.
Nevertheless, she bucked and stiffened every part of her body, writhing into a powerful alligator roll in an attempt to allude me and the clean diaper I was holding. “All I want is to take care of her, but she has her own agenda and doesn’t want to see what I’m trying to do for her,” I thought.
I instantly made the connection. If I would just stop fighting it this would be so much faster and easier. But I have my own agenda. I sometimes wriggle into my own powerful alligator roll in an attempt to get away from God’s freely given grace, and get to a ‘To Do’ list to try to become who I think I should be to please Him.
If you were a fly on my wall, you would have gotten to see this scenario for what it really was:
An 11 month postpartum mama wearing maternity pajama shorts with the drawstring as tight as it can go (because hey, they’re still comfortable,) 🤷🏻♀️ sporting one of her husband’s old shirts which has grown thin from years of wear. There’s a wild baby girl rolling around with buttons unbuttoned on her onesie, flopping this way to reach Mom’s phone, and that way to grab the bottle of baby lotion. Her brow is furrowed and the corners of her mouth curled downward in distress at being held down, while Mom grabs an arm here and a leg there in an attempt to nail Jell-O to a tree. And scene!
It’s like the adult version of playing with one of those water tube toys you used to get from the fair.
So if that’s how I look trying to get my toddler to cooperate, what does it look like when God does the same for us? Am I the Jell-O He’s trying to nail down?
It’s funny how closely related this instance is to what I’ve been reading this week, only because there are no coincidences when God’s Word chooses to show up.
“Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths! How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes!” (Psalms 81:13-14 NLT) “But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.” (Verse 16)
“Oh, that my people would listen to me”- surely I can’t be the only person who has said some version of this to my family time and time again! In fact the next time my 7 Y.O. diverts from what I’ve asked him to do, I might just be quoting part of this scripture at him! 😂 Like us when we’re trying to help our families, God just wants us to listen to Him so that we can accept the good He’s trying to do for us- so that we can accept His grace.
I loved reading chapter 81 of Psalms this week because it showed me once again just how relatable our God truly is. Whatever our earthly struggles may be, He has a divine understanding of them.
Have you been nailing your own Jell-O lately? What gets you distracted from accepting God’s blessings?