Tears? Yes tears.
As Grand-mama I not only get the delight of seeing my little ones discover the joys of this world…
but also to learn its boundaries.
For my little sweetheart who has never heard Grand-mama say a stern “No”
it shattered her eco-centric world of everything must be here for her.
And then if my “Stern No” is not yielded to…the unbearable happens.
Hebrews 12:11, “It is never fun to be corrected.
In fact, at the time it is always painful.
But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do right and live at peace.” (CEV)
Up she comes into my arms to be set away from the temptation to a place of “time out”.
And this is when the tears of self-pity start to pour! How could a loving Grand-mama be so cruel!
All she wanted was to explore and see what was out there.
Proverbs 3:5-8, “ Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.
With every step you take, think about what he wants,
and he will help you go the right way. Don’t trust in your own wisdom,
but fear and respect the Lord and stay away from evil.
If you do this, it will be like a refreshing drink and medicine for your body.” (ERV)
I love my grandchildren and not everything they want is good for them…
Just like you and me, not everything out there is good for us.
Proverbs 3:11-12, “But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.” (MSG)
Are you in the midst of a time out?
Maybe you need to take a breather…
evaluate your situation…
collect yourself from the “why me” and look up.
Just like my grand-daughter who once she was tired of crying looked up to see if I was still there…
yep…I was there waiting…
with a sniffle she whispered “I sarry”…
I smiled…held open my arms…and said, “come here sweetie”
Paul wrote the following to a church in Corinth regarding the need for correction;
2 Corinthians 7:9-10, “But now I am happy—not because I made you sad,
but because your sadness made you change your ways.
That sadness was used by God, and so we caused you no harm.
For the sadness that is used by God brings a change of heart that leads to salvation--
and there is no regret in that! But sadness that is merely human causes death.” (GNT)
She ran to my arms and we cuddled in a very precious moment of understanding…
sometimes the lessons from God can be tough…
but they are always for my own good and because He loves me.
So when the “time-out” of God’s love comes don’t forget to look-up,
tell God you are sorry and trust that he loves you!
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,”
says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT)