One of my favorite things about being a mom is how God uses parenting moments to give me better insight into His relationship with me.
This past week, my husband and I celebrated our daughter’s third birthday. After he picked her up from preschool, she came barreling in the door asking for a “birthday lollipop.” I told her no because we had plans to surprise her with a trip to an ice cream shop that had 20 flavors and 50 toppings to choose from. She immediately burst into tears, devastated that we wouldn’t let her have a lollipop. As she melted into the floor, accusing us of hurting her feelings, I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and say, “If you only knew what we have planned for you!”
As soon as I thought the words, my spirit stood at attention.
When God shuts a door in my face, it’s not because He’s mad at me or punishing me. It’s because His plans for me are so much better. He sees the big picture and knows there’s an ice cream buffet in my future if I can just take my eyes off of the lollipop.
So if you’re frustrated today and feel like doors are slamming every time you turn around, remember that you have a Father who supports you fiercely and loves you dearly. His timing is always perfect.
“ In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” – Proverbs 16:9