Monday, April 13, 2015

LESSONS FROM THE LITTLE MAN

The sweet look of innocence we all have while sleeping-


Have I ever mentioned The Little Man is two---YES--TWO---I know it all--have discovered a mind of my own---want to try it all--do not understand the word, "NO!"--been here a full two years independent man-child.

His very favorite word these days-----WHIIIIEEE???? (Why for those who do not speak two year old).  Do not run out into that road-----WHIIEE?  Do not throw hard things in the house----WHIIEE?  Do not climb on the top of those shelves----WHIIEE?  Put that entire bag of chocolate kisses back into the cabinet-----WHIIEE?  Do not knock the other children on the playground down---WHIIEE?  Do not pick up that live snake--WHIIEE? Don't grab that bumblebee---WHIIEE?  The day is filled with a long list of instructions--which is always followed by his question---WHIIEE?

I must admit I have to bite the end of my tongue to not say, "Because I said so."  After all that was the reply I raised my children on--perhaps better than the fear  to ever question my parents.  The explanation if I had questioned their directives would have been  more physical than verbal.  So perhaps with generations we are improving our parenting, we can only hope.  When he questions, WHIIEE--I explain why---the danger of the traffic, the harm caused by hard objects hurled at great speeds, the danger of the shelves turning over on you, the sick stomach an entire bag of chocolate will create, how we would hurt someone if we knocked them down, how the snake might bite, and the bumblebee might sting.  A lesson in cause and effect which hopefully is sinking into the stubborn two year old brain.  

Sadly I find my mature brain also asking the question---WHY?  When I look around me and see the suffering and pain so many are enduring; when I see the homeless--poor--destitute standing with empty stomachs;, when mothers loose children; when children loose mothers;, when entire families-towns-counties are destroyed in fire or storm; when nations rage against nation; when citizen attacks citizen; when there seems no end to the suffering---WHY?  

I have no answer to my "Why?".  I do have God---and know who God is--know His character--and that He loves us individually--limitlessly--eternally.  Obedience to His directives by doing my part--whether in service or prayer and most important trusting---having faith--believing it is not without cause and He has a good purpose.  I must learn to obey and trust and turn my whys into "Thy Will"--not mine.  

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3-5

10 comments:

  1. This is a brilliant post Lulu. Thank you.

    We are now in the middle of a General Election in the UK and all politicians are promising all sort of things. Someone should be asking them WHY? Or WHIIIIEEE???? Will all their promises really make life better? Or are they just promises made to win votes?

    I once asked God WHY does He allow so much bad happen in the world. After praying a while, He asked ME the same question.

    God bless.

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    1. You are always kind, Victor, thank you. We are just getting our election cranked up here across the pond. I will be boycotting the tube before it is all over. Do you get the feeling our ears are being tickled with what we wish for?

      Good response and my point exactly--why do we allow these things to happen?
      Blessings, Friend

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  2. We all seemed to be preoccupied with the "why" in life rather than the I will do this task that lies in front of me. We complain about misery and heartache to the point we drive ourselves and everyone around us crazy with the same old story day after day after day... the story of the little boy and the beach with starfish all over the place,, the little boy tossing them back one at a time, when told he could not save all the starfish on the beach, he simply replied< "maybe not, but I can save this one"... Head down asking why misery exists, is foolish, when all you have to do is "save one starfish"... I need to be reminded of "what i can do", not "how bad things are"....

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    1. The point of the last paragraph of the post--obedience--in taking care of the task God has placed before us today, and always seeking His will.

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  3. Oh Victor, don't even get me going on politics, I have the same thought with our current administration.

    Lulu- he has grown so much....thank you for the beautiful post. Blessings sweet friend.

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    1. Yes, he is growing up, Linda! POLITICS---makes for a BAD bed partner!
      Blessings, Linda!

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  4. Sorry, that came out mean, not meaning to be mean to Victor. I was smiling and laughing, shaking my head when I wrote that.

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    1. Don't worry Simply Linda. I know what you mean about politicians. One asked me the other day in the street "Do you believe in free speech?" I said :"Yes". He then said "OK, may I borrow your cell phone to make a call?"

      God bless.

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    2. OH, VICTOR!
      I am laughing too, Linda!

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    3. WHIIIIEEE???? Are you laughing? Is it something I said?

      I've replied to your Social Media comments on my Blog.

      God bless.

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