“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)
One of the earliest memories I have as a child is being flat on the kitchen table, restrained by my parents, as they attempted to administer some raspberry-flavored medicine which was supposed to help my asthma. First of all, I don’t know what kind of raspberries were used for flavoring, but they were not the raspberries I know as an adult. I have to admit to a certain breach of trust in my parents as they attempted to force this “serum-du-satan” down my throat.
In case you think I didn’t win the battle, my parents learned the difference that day between “in his mouth” and “down his throat.” They managed the former, but not the latter. I am not sure how long it took my mother to clean the cabinets, walls, ceiling, and floor. It must have looked like a massacre because the color of that cough syrup was sprayed everywhere.
Fast-forward 40-some years, and my granddaughter was sick. Because medicine needed to be administered, I had hoped that the pharmaceutical companies would have figured out a better way to flavor the medicine; because dealing with a toddler who doesn’t feel well is never an easy task.
I offered the following advice to my son: “Successfully giving medicine to a toddler is one of life’s great challenges. She will look at you as if you have betrayed her, breaking your heart. She will scream like you’re torturing her. But you know what you’re doing is for her own good, because you have the perspective of a parent.” Of course, I had to add my bit as his father, too.
Now revisit every time in your own life when you thought God must be against you and you couldn’t understand why He was doing something. Do you get it now?
One of the many ways we are blessed by our children is when we see the perspective of a loving parent from their point of view; that helps us to really understand God.