Note: This is not from my household, but I think we can all relate to this article.
So, we have six children in our house. And although our older children are getting a little older, there is still a lot of crying and whining in our house. I cannot tell you how many cries of “injustice” I hear in a day. “He…!!!!” “She….!!!” And you know, it isn’t the “tattling” that bothers me. I actually like to be told. It is the manner of which the reports come. If they would simply stay calm and talk to me, state their case and listen to my advice and act according to what we together reason as the best solution… How much more peaceful things could really be.
But our children can be very emotional and irrational creatures a times… And truth be told… So can I. How many times am I really whining at God? How many times am I crying out “He…!!!” “She…!!” How many times do I, deep, deep down, not want to reason anything out but simply want to vent out? How many times am I truly not interested in hearing Him but only in Him hearing me? How many times do I want to see my idea of justice, forgetting that justice looked like an innocent man on a cross?
Oh, how God uses our children to so clearly allow us to see ourselves… To remind us that we are deeply loved despite our irrational and emotional tendencies… To speak to our hearts in a gentle and yet thundering way: “Stop whining. Stop crying ‘injustice!’ Just come to me. Reason with me. Follow my guidance and all the sin will be made white as wool.”
“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.’” Isaiah 1:18