From Dr. Denison's The Daily Article.
"Obeying God's will when we don't understand his word is a common theme of Scripture. Noah built an ark to protect from a flood such as the world had never seen; Moses stood before a Red Sea that only God could part; Joshua and the people stepped into a flooded Jordan river that the Lord then stopped; the disciples who left their nets to follow Jesus had no idea they would become the spiritual forebears of billions of saved souls.
Each testifies today: when we do not see God's hand, we can trust his heart."
I read this article just minutes after sitting with a 2nd-grade boy who started his day out with his arms crossed and angry eyebrows. He had just written a negative comment about his twin sister's mom on their Google Classroom wall. Let that sink in. His twin sister's mom. Needless to say, she ratted him out. When I sat with him I asked if he was writing respectful things. He didn't answer. I asked him if he knew what the word respectful meant... and he said no. This was a great opportunity to talk about what it meant to be respectful and God's expectation of us to honor our parents. He finally shared that he was angry with his mother and the reason why. We talked about options he had moving forward.
One of his options was to ask his mom if they could talk about what happened that morning and ask if she would reconsider the decision she had made. I explained that she might say yes and he might end up with a result he is happy with. Then I added that she might say no to revisiting the conversation or even let him say his piece and still let her decision stand. I shared with my little friend that sometimes parents have more information than we do and even though it doesn't make sense to us... we can trust that they love us and want what is best for us.
Matthew Chapter 7 verses 7-12 help us to see how our parent's love and care is just a glimpse of the love the Father has for us. "When we do not see God's hand, we can trust his heart."
Ask, Seek, Knock7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (NIV)
I'm JoAnn. I am a God worshipping, Jesus following, child teaching, puppy petting, daughter of the King of Kings, who is grateful for daily grace and forgiveness!