When I was a little girl we were at my Aunt Shannon and Uncle Harold’s house. All the kids were playing in the backyard. I remember it was a rainy day because the backyard was muddy and wet and the sun was hidden away. I had a baby doll and wasn’t planning to share. Someone ratted me out and Uncle Harold came out and told me that if I didn’t want to share my doll that I needed to bring her in the house where she could be safe. I was so annoyed and mad! I know now that he was only trying to help me. How dare he tell me that I have to share my special doll. To think he wants me to bring my doll inside and leave her… alone… by herself? What?!?! That’s crazy! I was angry. I complied though because outside that moment he was a cool uncle. My doll was nothing like the American Girl doll Ellie got for her 5th birthday but she was special and she held my 7 year old heart. Years later at 35 I completely understand. I even tell my kids the same thing. If you have something you don’t want to share, put it away while you are playing with friends. My cousins and I had so much fun and we didn’t have the fight over the doll getting in the way. We found something we could all enjoy together. When I went home, I had my doll and I learned that life doesn’t always make sense in the moment.
Oftentimes, God guides us in a certain direction and like a 7 year old little girl we fight it.
Situations we might fight God on:
1. A closed door.
2. The call to forgiveness.
3. A major life change.
4. A delayed promise.
5. A senseless loss.
We fight the closed door. We argue why we have the right not to forgive. We question a major life change like a big move. We grow impatient waiting on His promise. We mourn a loss that makes no sense.
We get angry. Who is He to tell me that I’m not ready for that promotion? How dare he ask me to be patient, wait on Him, trust or forgive. It doesn’t make sense at the moment. Just like it didn’t make sense at 7 why I had to put the doll away if I didn’t want to share. Some things that God asks us to do don’t make sense at the moment but later we will understand. Today we might not understand the path we are on, but tomorrow when we are walking through another season His leading will reveal what we couldn’t see when we complied in faith.