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Sick Son
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My baby boy is sick—high fever, heavy congestion, a wracking cough. He is miserable. I am, too. I want to make him feel better so I’m vigilantly giving his fever and cold medicine on a strict schedule. The problem is that he hates the medicine. No grape or cherry flavor can fool him, he hates it all. I have to practically strait-jacket my little boy and hold his head still while forcing the medicine into his mouth and trying to keep his lips closed while he reluctantly swallows. He cries and cries and cries. It breaks my heart to have him fight against the medicine and me when I’m only trying to help him.

“It hurts me more than it hurts you,” has never hit closer to home.

I wonder how many more times during Jake’s life I will have to give something to or decide something for him that he will hate and fight against. I’m sure I’ll lose track of the count. But it is my job as a parent to act in ways that are best for him even when he doesn’t like it. But, wow, that’s not easy. And I bet it’s not easy for God either.

Squirmed and Fought against God

If you have placed your life in God’s hands, that means you have chosen to accept the leadership, the trials, the joys and the instruction that God knows is best for you. But if you are anything like me, you haven’t always been a willing or receptive participant. I know at times I’ve turned my head away, squirmed and fought against God’s plans for me.

Just like a parent, God knows what is best for us even though the prescribed medicine may make us temporarily unhappy. “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). If only I had the perspective of a parent to understand… Oh, that’s right—I do now.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me experiences that help me know you better and see more clearly how you are at work in my life.

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