Have you ever tried to reason with a toddler? They have a very narrow perspective. At their stage of development it’s all about them. They aren’t really capable of understanding the complicated reasoning that is sometimes required to make grown-up decisions. All they know is they want it their way and they want it now! And if they don’t get their way the scene can get pretty ugly. And as they get a little older, they demand to know “why?” It might be tempting to say something like “because I’m the mom!”
I wonder if that’s how we look to God sometimes. How often He must feel like he’s trying to reason with a toddler. We don’t take no for an answer, we don’t trust his wisdom and we ask “why?” all the time.
Perhaps that’s what prompted the Lord to give us these words:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)
I believe the Lord would encourage us to take a step toward maturity and learn to trust Him as our Heavenly Father. He knows what is best for us. He knows when things need to happen in our lives to help us grow spiritually healthy and strong. Are we willing to let him lead us without always demanding He answer all of our “Why? ” questions? Can we trust that He understands even when we don’t?
It’s not easy, but if we just toddle toward Him, one step at a time, we can be sure that He’s waiting with outstretched arms. He will help us, steady us, and lead us. He is the perfect parent!