Tuesday, July 01, 2008

In Other Words--Knowing What to Do

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The two year old twins are sitting at the table. Bowl of lasagna in front of them. Forks in hands. "I do it," plaintively heard. Of course they didn't totally know how to do it, and a mess incurred. (A sweet mess, but a mess all the same.) Desire to be "big" has not yet intersected with ability. Parents sigh as they clean again.

The five year old sits at the table staring blankly at her math book. "I can't do this," she yells as she throws her pencil down. Her exasperated mother reviews (again) how to fill in the number line. "I don't know how!" she exclaims. Mom reminds her that it is just counting--one to twenty like she has been able to do for months. "I don't know!" she insists. Finally putting pencil to paper and quickly finishing she declares "I did it." Knowledge is there, but the child is unable to connect how to present it. The joys of beginning maths!

The teen sulks in his chair. "I don't know!" he insists. His parents are at a loss. How do they get him to talk? Why does he act outside of what they have taught him time and time again? What should be there next step?

As parents we encounter moment after moment where we or our children are at a loss of what to do. We are doing our very best, but it never seems to be enough. We just want a road map. We just want an instruction manual. We, really, want a guarantee that it will all be fine.

And we have it.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out -plans to take care of you . . .”
Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message)


The roadmap is that He holds the plans. I don't have to know it all. He is going to take care of me and my family. And He knows what He is doing.

Heavenly Father, thank you for having a plan to take care of me. Thank you that your plans are perfect. In my doubt, help me to trust Your plans. Amen.

Our hostess this week for In Other Words is Susan at Forever His. Please join us there to read other participant's reflections on this verse. Feel free to write your own reflection and add your link to Mr. Linky!

7 comments:

jamie in rose cottage said...

Great post. I love your blog theme, too- piecing together the quilt.

lori said...

"As parents we encounter moment after moment where we or our children are at a loss of what to do. We are doing our very best, but it never seems to be enough. We just want a road map. We just want an instruction manual. We, really, want a guarantee that it will all be fine."

Ok..where have you been hiding this week...you've obviously been lurking around our home...we have been dealing with those very questions....HA! I go to this verse in the middle of it...and I find comfort...

What great analogies! Thank you for the blessing!
lori

Susan said...

MiPa,

Now, these were some GREAT illustrations, I love the way you did this!

Oh, we have so much to learn as we trust in God with HIS plans!

Thanks so much for participating today♥

Karen said...

Great picture. We definitely would like the roadmap, we often go for that over simply trusting in God. He wants our trust and faith, we should give it to Him.

Denise said...

Such a wonderful post, be blessed.

Laurie Ann said...

Wonderful illustration for the verse that was given. God bless you for sharing your heart with us.

Michelle Bentham said...

Well said. It is a picture of our heavenly Father looking over our lives and gently encouraging us to seek Him and His plans when we feel we can't go on - and cheering us on as we begin to run the race... until finally we reach the destination and He is there at the Gate jumping up and down whooping an hollering as we cross the finish line. Yes, God is a Father, the Father and He expresses it in every imaginable way! Thanks for a fresh view of God. Blessings.