By Cindy Morrone
The news is heralded and followed by joyous exclamations, as we discover we are expecting. They come in tiny, precious, packages and smell so sweetly, enough snuggles and kisses cannot be given.
Then they grow.
They learn to coo, babble, talk and then they talk-back. They learn to roll, sit-up, and walk and then they run away from your request. They give their first sweet smiles when their eyes meet yours and then they roll their eyes. They run to your arms for safety and then they see your safety as restraint. The kisses no longer stop the hurting boo-boos and your faithfulness is now being questioned.
As they grow, they learn, test, disobey and defy.
Why do the talk-back; the rolling eyes and defiance surprise me? Why do I take it on myself and wonder what I have done or have not done to cause such responses in my precious ones? Why do I not expect sin?
Then I am wooed by my heavenly Father who is not surprised by my sin. Who has forgiven me time and time again and poured His grace and mercy over me.
My thoughts then transformed and renewed by His Truth, I remember what the Word says about my babes’ ‘messes’.
I am to, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
I am to train, to teach, to guide, to educate, to disciple these precious ones to know the truth about sin and forgiveness. That sins exists in all of us (Romans 3: 22 & 23) and that there is Someone “…who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). His name is Jesus. That there is a book called the Bible that tells us all about this Someone, and His Father and the Spirit. The more we read this Book; the more we get to know our Saviour. That there are very important words in this Book and when we are tempted we can, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:17 & 18)
Dear friends, certainly my first response to rolling eyes is not always grace, but let’s try to see defiance as an opportunity to reveal Jesus to those so precious to us.
Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,
Thank You Lord for the gift of children. Lord, God I pray that You would transform our hearts and minds about parenting. To see our precious children as You see them. To not be surprised and taken aback by defiance but to see opportunity to teach them all about You and Your Way. The Way of forgiveness. I pray all this in Your Son’s holy and precious name. Amen.