It was almost the end of my day. Bedtime was upon us.
I had already tucked my little pookie into his crib with his favorite cuddly, gray blanket. His big brother was safely in bed as well, though probably reading a book. But he was tucked in, none the less.
I was onto the last one: my daughter. I had read to her, prayed with her, and sang her favorite song-of-the-moment. I was home free. I crossed to the other side of her bed to turn off her lamp and was about to make my getaway. "Click," went the lamp. Yes!
"Mom!" she exclaimed. "Can you please get used to the light with me...while holding my hand!"
Now, getting used to the light with her is something I have done in the past. It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the new darkness. But she knew I would just keep walking and casually wait with her by the door. No, this time, she wouldn't let me escape! I had to wait, while holding her hand, to insure that I could stay in her room as long as possible, thus delaying the inevitable bedtime.
I sighed and said to my daughter, "Sometimes you are just sooooo much!"
That's just a nice way of saying, "You are getting on my very last nerve!" ...But I didn't want to hurt her feelings!
Unless terribly prideful, most people are aware of their annoying quirks and habits. Everyone's got them. There are some people that I could not live with, or even be around for a long period of time without wanting to pull out my hair. I'm sure people think the same thing about me. I mean, hey, my own husband once said to me in the car, while I was in the middle of a story, that "That sounds like something I just don't need to hear." P.S. - We laugh about this now, but he will never live that moment down!
How is it that God does not get tired of us? We are way less intelligent than Him. He has a grasp on the whole science of the universe that I can't even begin to understand. I was using toy balls to explain the latest solar eclipse to my kids!
He also knows the future. So how is He able to always be with us without getting bored? It's like watching a movie you've seen 100 times. You don't need to watch the ending because you already know what's going to happen.
But He is always with us. He even likes us. All the time. Even when we're annoying. He has no last nerve.
"For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs" (Zephaniah 3:17).
It's amazing to know that this is true. What patience and love our Father has for us!
And in Psalm 139, we get an even more intimate look at how our Father knows us and loves us. Read it all if you need a reminder of how much the Creator loves you. In verse 5, "You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head."
And this one, this one really gets to me because it is beyond my brain to understand it. "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!" (verse 17).
When I stop and think about this kind of love, patience, and devotion, it refreshes my spirit. This God who loves me this much, who has shown me infinite patience, daily empowers me to also show love and patience when I call on His name.
And this might savior, living in me, will not disappoint. My only response can be, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!" (Psalm 139:6).
Lord, thank you for the patience you show me, even when I'm annoying and make the same mistakes over and over again. Please help me to show that same love and patience to my children, even when they are just soooo much. Amen.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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