With having a few young children around the house, I usually don’t have to go too many days between examples for illustrations. This morning was no exception. I had just sat down with a cup of coffee to have my personal devotions when our youngest son, Drake (13 months) came toddling into the room carrying a toothbrush (which who KNOWS where that thing has been by now). We all have heard those horror stories (and some have experienced) about toddlers stumbling and things they’re carrying poking them in the eyes or throats. Well, this thought immediately runs through my mind and I tell one of the girls who was standing nearby to take it from him. This of course is not without incident and everyone in our home understands the nuclear reaction that erupts after the removal of an object that he doesn’t want to give up is taken from him (especially by a sibling). So she picks him up (after she catches him) and spins him around for me to make the toothbrush extraction. Wait for it, wait for it…yes, here it comes, the crying of a baby!
As I sat there and listened to him cry, I realized we as Christians act the very same way sometimes. We walk around carrying things in our lives that can hurt us many times not realizing it. The Lord will often send people into our lives (like Drake’s sister) to help us remove those things before we do fall and get hurt. Our pastor, SS teacher, parent or a just godly friend could be the one thats trying to help, but we tend to run from them because we don’t want to let go of whatever it is we have a hold of. At that point sometimes, the Lord will then move in and perform the extraction Himself, most of the time to our displeasure as well, and the crying starts. Here’s the deal…Drake doesn’t know that the reason I took it from him was to prevent him from getting seriously hurt, not to keep him from having fun. I took it from him because I love him. Likewise with our heavenly Father…He often takes things from us, or allows things to be taken from us, not to make us mad or keep us from enjoying life, but to prevent us from getting seriously hurt or anymore hurt. He does it because of His unmatched and unconditional love for us!
Before we start with our crying when something is taken, let’s try to look deeper as to the why…it could be to prevent further hurt.