A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.(Proverbs 16:9)
Children can teach us more lessons about God than you could ever imagine. Sometimes, we learn a great deal about ourselves and how we relate to God through our interaction with our kids. Let me tell you a story about our daughter, Britni.
She was about five years old at the time, and it was nearly bedtime. I looked at her while she was watching television. I said, “Britni, it’s bedtime. I’m going to give you one of two choices. You can either go brush your teeth first, and then we say prayers; or we can say prayers, and you can go brush your teeth. But then, you have to go to bed.”
She looked at me and said, “I’ll give you two choices. You can either first turn up the television and make me a sandwich or make me a sandwich and then turn up the television.” By the way, she did not get what she wanted because she was dealing with her father.
We can laugh at this story and joke about how ridiculous it is that a five-year-old child would make demands like that. If we are being honest, there are plenty of times when we act this way with our Heavenly Father. We attempt to negotiate with God, just like Britni tried to bargain with me.
We want our way, and we want what we want. We begin to bark our orders to God when, in reality, He already has another plan in place.
How can we learn to trust His plan instead of trying to negotiate with Him on our plan? What will it take for us to fully surrender what we want in order to embrace what God desires for us? I pray you will diligently ponder these questions and learn to trust God’s plan over your plan.